Nau mai, haere mai, ki te pae tukutuku o Te Kōti ā Rohe o Aotearoa. Welcome to the website of the District Court of New Zealand.

The District Court is the largest court in Australasia. Most New Zealanders who go to court will go through the entire justice process in the District Court. Each year, 175 Judges in 58 courthouses deal with approximately 200,000 criminal, family, youth and civil matters. Judicial decisions from a representative sample of these cases are published here, with emphasis on significant decisions of particular interest.** Selections are updated regularly in an independent process — overseen by an Editorial Board of judges. Alongside other background material, the publication of decisions on this website aims to enhance the open and transparent administration of justice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Recently Published

  • New Zealand Police v Ellison [2017] NZDC 13464

    Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015, s 22 — posting a harmful digital communication — Facebook message. The defendant was found guilty of the charge of...

  • R v Anae [2017] NZDC 13371

    Jurisdiction — declining jurisdiction — Sentencing Act 2002, s 90 — preventative detention. The court declined jurisdiction to sentence the defendant as the preventative detention...

  • R v Roche [2017] NZDC 13133

    Sentencing — aggravated robbery — aggravated assault — wilful damage — unlawfully being in a yard — possession of an offensive weapon — resisting.

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