Sharing the knowledge
With each edition of the District Court Annual Report the opportunities to enhance public understanding of the administration of justice grow.
In this our sixth year, and second year of digital publication, we have again made the most of the flexibility that online publishing offers. The core report features significant events from our 2017/2018 calendar alongside our regular reports, annual statistics and judicial performance measures.
A complementary section of the District Court website carries rolling contributions from individual judges. Each spotlights an aspect of the law or District Court jurisdiction. Explaining the legal steps, principles and tests that judges work through to reach decisions gives the public a clearer view of the wide variety of work in the District Court.
The information reinforces our commitment to transparent and open justice.
Armed with the insights annual reporting provides into what is New Zealand’s biggest court, the public is better placed to assess how the District Court is delivering justice. I hope this information provides a sound basis for constructive debate about justice matters generally.
Chief District Court Judge
Judge Jan-Marie Doogue
“Explaining the legal steps, principles and tests that judges work through to reach decisions gives the public a clearer view of the wide variety of work in the District Court”