Earthquake list Christchurch

Note 25 March 2020: Due to the Covid-19 crisis and national lockdown all Earthquake conferences are cancelled until further notice. It is likely the next EQ week will be 25-29 May 2020. More details regarding this will be released closer to the time

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, the Hon Justice Osborne and Associate Judge Lester who are supported by Judicial Support Advisor Jeremy Kaye.

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.

Upon filing, earthquake-related cases (including judicial review and summary judgment applications) are referred to the Judicial Support Advisor for classification and whether they should be entered on the Earthquake List.

A table of all cases entered on the Earthquake list and their status is updated on a quarterly basis. If you have any queries, please contact the Judicial Support Advisor

Electronic Courts - Practice notes

Due to the nature and size of documents involved in any earthquake cases that go to trial, earthquake proceedings are ideal to be run as electronic courts. This means the common bundle and case book filed is in electronic, instead of hardcopy paper, format. If you would like to request an electronic court please seek a direction from the Judge when you first request a trial be allocated.

Information and the requirements of an electronic Court

Memo & Protocols - Experts

June 2018 :


From the Chief High Court Judge

Practice Note 2019 Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal:  Arrangements for transfer of proceedings

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


New Zealand Law Society

This link will take you to the New Zealand Law Society High Court Earthquake page . This page is useful for lawyers as well as self-litigants and contains an up to date list of all published Earthquake Judgments and a case summary of each case. The full judgments can be obtained from Judicial Decisions Online


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