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Judgment delivery expectations

Court of Appeal judgment delivery expectations 

In the civil jurisdiction, the Judges of the Court of Appeal expect that 80% of decisions will be delivered within three months of the last day of hearing or receipt of the last submission.

In the criminal jurisdiction, the Judges of the Court of Appeal expect that 90% of decisions will be delivered within three months of the last day of hearing or receipt of the last submission. 

On occasion the Court may advise the parties at the hearing that the judgment will take longer than three months to deliver due to the complexity of the case or other pressing matters of the Court.

Inquiry about delayed judgments

Where a litigant or lawyer is concerned about a delay in delivering a reserved judgment in the Court of Appeal in a case in which they have an interest, then an inquiry should be made to the court manager by letter or email to courtofappeal@justice.govt.nz.  Please include the following details in your inquiry;

1. The name of the proceedings and the case number.

2. Your role in the proceedings (eg appellant/respondent; legal representative for the appellant/respondent).

3. The date on which the judgment was reserved.

The court manager will alert the panel members who heard the appeal that an inquiry has been made.  Following discussion with the panel, the court manager will pass on to the inquirer and other parties to the proceedings such information from the panel regarding the delivery of the judgment as the panel is able to give.

The inquirer's identity will not be revealed to the panel members. 

Recent performance


The table below shows the time to judgment in the Court of Appeal, for judgments delivered in 2015

Percentage of judgments delivered in:

 Jurisdiction 1 Month or less 3 Months or less 6 Months or less  Total judgments delivered 
Civil 64.6% 88.2% 99.2% 246
Criminal 72.4% 96.9% 100.0% 387
Total  69.4% 93.5% 99.7% 633


The table below shows the time to judgment in the Court of Appeal, for judgments delivered in 2014 

Percentage of judgments delivered in:

 Jurisdiction 1 Month or less 3 Months or less 6 Months or less  Total judgments delivered 
Civil 71.4% 91.1% 99.6% 269
Criminal 75.1% 98.1% 100.0% 369
Total  73.5% 95.1% 99.8% 638

 

The table below shows the time to judgment in the Court of Appeal, for judgments delivered in 2013 

Percentage of judgments delivered in:

 Jurisdiction 1 Month or less 3 Months or less 6 Months or less  Total judgments delivered 
Civil 65% 85% 98% 248
Criminal 70% 97% 100% 433
Total  68% 93% 99% 681

 

The table below shows the time to judgment in the Court of Appeal for judgments delivered in 2012. 

Percentage of judgments delivered in: 

 Jurisdiction  1 Month or less  3 Months or less  6 Months or less  Total judgments delivered
 Civil  62%  87%  98%  201
 Criminal  83%  98%  100%  420
 Total  76%  94%  99%  621

 

Note: Judgments that are delivered within one month include judgments made on the papers.