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District Courts

District CourtsJurisdictionThe New Zealand District Courts have originating jurisdiction over all criminal matters.  They ultimately deal with all but a small number of serious offences which are dealt with by the High Court.  In its civil jurisdiction th…

District Courts

District Courts Jurisdiction The New Zealand District Courts have originating jurisdiction over all criminal matters.  They deal with all but a small number of serious offences which are dealt with by the High Court.  In its civil jurisdiction the Dis…

District Courts

District Courts Jurisdiction The New Zealand District Courts have originating jurisdiction over all criminal matters.  They deal with all but a small number of serious offences which are dealt with by the High Court.  In its civil jurisdiction the Dis…

District Courts

District CourtsCriminal Procedure Act 2011From 1 July 2013 the processes for filing and progressing criminal cases through the courts changed due to the implementation of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011. The terms “summary” and “indictable” were replaced …

District Courts

District CourtsPrior to June 2009, new business entering the courts was increasing. Since June 2009, the trend has reversed and all jurisdictions, apart from jury trial, have experienced continuous reductions in the levels of new business entering into th…

District Courts

District Courts Jurisdiction The New Zealand District Courts have originating jurisdiction over all criminal matters.  They deal with all but a small number of serious offences which are dealt with by the High Court.  In its civil jurisdiction the Dis…

District Courts

District Courts Prior to June 2009, new business entering the courts increased significantly. Since December 2009, the trend has reversed and all jurisdictions have experienced reductions in the levels of new business. Refer to the Glossary for more de…

District Courts

Prior to June 2009, new business entering the courts increased significantly. Since December 2009, the trend has reversed and all jurisdictions, apart from civil, have experienced continuous reductions in the levels of new business coming into the courts.…

District Courts - workload statistics

District Court national workload statistics (Excel file - 31Kb) District Court jury trial workload statistics (Excel file - 27Kb) District Court pre-committal workload statistics (Excel file - 30Kb) District Court criminal summary workload statistic…

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