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Branches of Government

The Constitution Act 1986 recognises the three branches of government - the Legislature (Parliament), the Executive (Cabinet and Ministers outside Cabinet, plus government departments), and the Judiciary. Each operates independently of the others. This is…

Judicial support

Judges are directly supported by associates who provide secretarial services and clerks who provide research assistance. The Chief Justice, President, and Chief High Court Judge are assisted in their administrative roles by Te Tari Toko i te Tumu Whakawā…

What's new

  Last updated 6 May 2021 Amendments to the rules of court for the District Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court promulgated The rules of practice and procedure for all four courts for which the Rules Committee is responsible have bee…

Rule-making Policies

Status of these statements Rules objectives Rules Committee final responsibility Avoiding procedural rules in statutes Avoiding fragmentation into discrete rule systems Drafting requirements Key principles Status of these statementsThis page co…

Criminal Rules Sub-Committee

BackgroundIn 2013, the Rules Committee approved the creation of a new sub-committee known as the Criminal Rules Sub-Committee. The Criminal Rules Sub‑Committee was formed to assist the Rules Committee following the enactment of the Criminal Procedure Act …

Legislation

    Legislation that is relevant to the establishment and operation of the Supreme Court includes the: Senior Courts Act 2016 Supreme Court Act 2003 - [repealed 1 March 2017] Con…

Brochures

The following are digital copies of brochures about the Supreme Court complex.     Pocket guide to the Supreme Court of New Zealand  (PDF, 1.43 MB) Supreme Court Commemorative Booklet  (PDF, 2.84 MB) Digital Copy of Supreme Court Visitors brochure…

Case management lists

Earthquake list - Christchurch Weathertight Buildings List Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 applications for recognition orders ArchivedAuckland Unitary Plan (AUP) list