High Court

Practice Note: COVID-19 Protocol

COVID-19 Protocols High Court reflecting the current Alert Levels

Practice Note: 2022 Mapping guidelines for applications to the High Court under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

HCPN 2022/1


Practice Note: 2019 Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal

Arrangements for transfer of proceedings

Practice Note 2019 : Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal (PDF, 267 KB)

Use of electronic common bundles and electronic casebooks in both the civil and criminal jurisdictions of the High Court

The 2019 practice note revokes the 2016 practice note and makes the following changes:

  • Definitions, clause 2.2 – the definition of casebook is now inclusive
  • Clause 2.5 – the relevant case management conference is the one in which trial directions are made
  • Default directions, 2.7(2)(b) – revises a reference to the Protocol
  • Default directions, 2.7(2)(d) – is new.  Parties who file and serve the bundle or casebook must ensure the software used is capable of accepting additional material that may be introduced during the trial.

Practice note 2019 use of electronic common bundles and casebooks in the High Court (pdf, 409.9 KB)

Criminal Procedure Act 2011

Arrangements for sentence indications for protocol cases from 5 October 2017
Relevant document :

Criminal Procedure Act 2011 arrangements from 1 July 2013

Relevant documents :

Search and Surveillance Act 2012

Section 30(6) Evidence Act 2006

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Senior Courts electronic document protocol


  • From 1 August 2013 all proceedings of the High Court will be recorded whenever a judge is in court. There will be no change to current arrangements for transcription. In the usual course only criminal proceedings and evidence in civil procedures will be transcribed. This usual practice is of course subject to variation by judicial direction.

Archived Practice Notes


The original practice note came into effect on 25 July 2016.  The revision merely revises references to the Higher Courts and High Court Rules in the original document so that they are consistent with the terminology used in the Senior Courts Act 2016

  • Practice Note 2016 for the use of electronic common bundles and casebooks in the High Court rev 1 2017 (PDF, 619 KB)


Sentencing in the High and District Court

These matters are now dealt with by Part 5A Criminal Procedure Rules 2012:

  • effective from 3 February 2014 (PDF, 132 KB)