The Old High Court


11 April 1881

On 11 April 1881, 140 years ago, a grand new court building opened in Wellington.  The Supreme Court building (aka the Old High Court) in Stout Street was officially opened by Chief Justice Prendergast.


Te Whiti o Rogomai, Riwha Ritokowaru and 8 others

In 1886, Te Whiti o Rongomai, the prophet of Parihaka, Ngāti Ruanui leader Riwha Titokowaru and eight others appeared in the dock of the Old High Court.  


Dark times

Dark times - seven executions and countless floggings. Sentences handed down in the Old High Court.


The pipe, the rubbish bin and the Judge's head

Recollections of Sir Henry Hubert Ostler’s legal career



When a permanent home for the new Supreme Court was planned, on the Lambton Quay end of the block, restoration of the Old High Court was undertaken.