Statistics 2018

These are the District Court annual statistics for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The District Court deals with about 210,000 matters a year. The statistics capture most of these and are an indication of the court’s workload. The figures are updated and published every six months to reflect both the January–December (calendar) year and July–June (financial) year, and are broken down as follows:

  • Overview

    All criminal proceedings in New Zealand begin in the District Court. Only the most serious offences are referred to the High Court, and all others are dealt with entirely in...

  • Criminal (non-jury) Statistics

    The criminal jurisdiction makes up the largest proportion of the District Court's work. Most defendants will go through the entire justice process in a District Court, from first appearance until...

  • Jury Trial Statistics

     The right to trial by jury is protected in the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.  Jury trials are reserved for more serious crimes, and a defendant has the...

  • Youth Court Statistics

    The Youth Court deals with offending by young people aged 14–16 years and may deal with younger children, aged 12–13 years, in certain serious circumstances. *From July 2019 the youth justice...

  • Family Court Statistics

    The Family Court is the second biggest division of the District Court. Working under more than 20 Acts of Parliament, its jurisdiction spans family matters from before birth to beyond the...

  • Civil Statistics

    The civil jurisdiction of the District Court resolves disputes between individuals or organisations. The District Court may hear claims up to a value of $350,000. Examples of common claims include contractual...

  • Glossary

    Glossary of statistical terms Here you will find definitions of terms used in relation to statistics on this website. Terms are included in order of general, criminal and family terms.         General Terms *Dynamic...

  • Data Disclaimer

    Data for reporting is provided by the Ministry of Justice and may contain data entry errors. The data is gathered from a dynamic database which means that the data is subject...