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.

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    Sentencing — Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. The victims foot slipped off the side of the mezzanine floor, causing her to fall through...

  • R v Ludwig [2017] NZDC 10378

    Obtaining by deception — Ponzi scheme — financial advisor — Securities Act 1978 — Securities Regulations 1983. The defendant was a franchisee of a New...

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