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Earthquake list and litigation list reports - Christchurch

In 2011 the High Court made a commitment that earthquake-related cases would be dealt with as swiftly as the Court's resources permit. In fulfilment of that commitment the Court established the Earthquake List to manage earthquake-related litigation.

The Earthquake List is overseen by the Hon. Justice Gendall and Associate Judge Osborne who are supported by Judicial Support Advisor Selma Kafedžić and Deputy Registrar Hugh Donaldson.

Upon filing, earthquake-related cases (including judicial review and summary judgment applications) are referred to an Earthquake List Judge for a decision on whether they should be placed on the Earthquake List.

Earthquake List cases receive fast track case management through to trial and priority is given to cases which are urgent or which raise issues with precedential value.

As at 31 March 2017 a total of 851 cases have been filed on the Earthquake list.

A spreadsheet of all cases entered on the Earthquake list and their status is updated on a quarterly basis.

 

 

From the Chief High Court Judge

The High Court is pleased to release reports on the operation of the Christchurch Earthquake list

 

Speech by Kós J about the Canterbury earthquakes and their legal aftermath (PDF, 236 KB)