Substantive Hearing of an Appeal
Where the court grants leave to appeal, the matter will proceed to a substantive hearing before the full bench of five judges in Wellington.
At the hearing, the Chief Justice, or in the Chief Justice's absence the senior judge, presides from the centre chair. Other judges are seated to right and left of the Chief Justice in order of seniority of appointment. Counsel or the litigant moves to a lectern to address the court, and having finished his or her submissions returns to the bar table.
The Supreme Court sits in sessions during the year.