Criminal Search Tips

On these pages there is a link to a list of criminal judgments, and information to help you find judgments and information relevant to criminal matters.  It contains some common keywords that you can use to help with your search and practical hints for quickly finding what you are looking for.


The following link will open a list of all of the criminal related judgments available on this database. The list has the most recently published judgments at the top.

Judgments on criminal matters that are heard in the District Court are each given a Medium Neutral Citation (MNC) — this includes the year that the matter was heard, a court identifier, a unique number and the names of the parties to the case. For example criminal judgments appear in the following format on this database:  Davis v Bradley [2016] NZDC 1589.

Key words

The criminal keyword list contains keywords — words, phrases and legislation commonly referred to in criminal judgements on this site.  To find a criminal judgment:

  1. Find a word, phrase or legislation title and/or section number relating to the matter you want to search on from the keyword list.
  2. Enter the keyword into the search box.
  3. Select Criminal from the Filter Search dropdown.
  4. Press enter.

To limit the number of search results returned you can also filter by the year and full date that the judgment was published on this site.


  • Note that in some circumstances party names in some judgments have been changed to comply with legal requirements.

Content or names within judgments in this database may be suppressed because of a statutory provision, a suppression order of the court, or an order made in the course of delivering judgment.

Some published judgments may contain banners noting that a statutory suppression order applies or a court order may be noted in the judgment, these decisions are only published after the names have been changed and and any identifying details of the protected person have been redacted.

Criminal judgments in this database may have been anonymised — real names are replaced with pseudonyms and, where it is appropriate by editing and removing information that would allow any protected parties to be identified.

Identifying information or information within a judgment wthat has been removed to comply with legal requirements is identified by [ ] for example, [address deleted].

For more information on statutory prohibitions see: