Supreme Court case information

Listed below are the substantive Supreme Court cases for the year along with appeals still to be determined or cases awaiting hearing. 

Information giving an overview of the case is included along with media releases and links to judgments being appealed when available.

All 2020 - 2014 Supreme Court cases dismissed or deemed to be dismissed where a notice of abandonment was received can be found here.

Transcripts for cases heard before the Supreme Court are included provided they are not suppressed.  Transcripts from pre-trial hearings are not published until the final disposition of trial.  These are unedited transcripts and they are not a formal record of the Court’s proceedings. The Ministry of Justice does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any material and recommends that users exercise their own skill and care with respect to its use.

4 May 2021

Case information summary 2021 (as at 30 April 2021) – Cases where leave granted (PDF, 22.3 KB)
Case information summary 2021 (as at 30 April 2021) – Cases where leave to appeal decision not yet made (PDF, 40.9 KB)

2021

Case name
Donglin Deng v Lu Zheng
Case number
SC 5/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Eric Meserve Houghton v Timothy Ernest Corbett Saunders And Ors
Case number
SC 6/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
A v The Queen
Case number
SC 8/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Te Warena Taua, George Hori Winikerei Taua, Ngarama Walker, Hamuera Taua and Miriama Tamaariki as Trustees of the Te Kaweray Iwi Tribal Authority and Te Warena Taua, George Hori Winikerei Taua, Ngarama Walker, Hamuera Taua and Miriama Tamaariki and Truste
Case number
SC 9/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Katharine Elizabeth Preston v Grant Lee Preston and Grant Lee Presont and Fisher Partners Limited as Trustees of the Grant Preston Family Trust
Case number
SC 10/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Jesse Shane Kempson v The Queen
Case number
SC 11/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Chesterfield Preschools Limited (In Liquidation) and Therese Anne Sisson v Commissioner of Inland Revenue
Case number
SC 12/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Trevor James Murray v West Coast Holdings Limited
Case number
SC 13/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
W (SC 14/2021) v The Queen
Case number
SC 14/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
District Court decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Tourism Holdings Limited v A Labour Inspector of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
Case number
SC 15/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Employment Court decision
Not publicly available
Case name
P v New Zealand Police
Case number
SC 16/2021
Summary
Order prohibiting publication of the judgment and any part of the proceedings (including the result) in news media or on the internet or other publicly available database until final disposition of retrial. Publication in law report or law digest permitted.
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Chesterfield Preschools Limited (In Liquidation) and Therese Anne Sisson v Commissioner of Inland Revenue
Case number
SC 17/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Chesterfield Preschools Limited (In Liquidation) and Therese Anne Sisson v Commissioner of Inland Revenue
Case number
SC 18/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
B (SC 20/2021) v New Zealand Police
Case number
SC 20/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal — Application for leave to bring an appeal
District Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Robert Frank Terry v New Zealand Police
Case number
SC 21/2021
Summary
Criminal appeal — Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Liansen Mao v Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited and Qian Hou
Case number
SC 22/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Steven Robertson v The Queen
Case number
SC 23/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Yingqiu Zhang v Westpac New Zealand Limited
Case number
SC 24/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated v New Zealand Transport Agency
Case number
SC 25/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Helilogging Limited (In receivership and liquidation) And Anor v Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Case number
SC 26/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Razdan Rafiq v Attorney-General
Case number
SC 27/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Ian Bruce Hyndman v Robert Bruce Walker
Case number
SC 28/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
C v The Queen
Case number
SC 29/2021
Summary
Order prohibiting publication of the judgment and any part of the proceedings (including the result) in news media or on the internet or other publicly available database until final disposition of retrial. Publication in law report or law digest permitted.
District Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Mark McKinney v New Zealand Police
Case number
SC 30/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
District Court decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Poutama Kaitiaki Charitable Trust and D & T Pascoe v Taranaki Regional Council, New Plymouth District Council and New Zealand Transport Agency
Case number
SC 31/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Shane Dromgool And Ors v Minister of Land Information
Case number
SC 32/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
John Goodwin Smith v Electrix Limited And Anor
Case number
SC 33/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
A Lawyer v New Zealand Law Society and Wellington Standards Committee No 2
Case number
SC 34/2021
Summary
Civil / Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Rihari Chance Matthew Biddle v The Queen
Case number
SC 35/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Jordan Mathew Thacker v The Queen
Case number
SC 36/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Georgina Rachelle v Tim Cadogan, Lyne McFarlane and Bern Scurr
Case number
SC 37/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Peter Francis Joseph Little v Debrah Leanne Little and Peter Francis Joseph Little and Lockhart Legal Trustee Services No. 31 Limited as trustees of the Marble Arch Trust
Case number
SC 38/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Ahmed Alcaraz v Enterprise IT Limited
Case number
SC 39/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Jamie Anthony Foster v The Queen
Case number
SC 40/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Seng Bou (Paul) Keung v The Official Assignee and Westpac New Zealand Limited
Case number
SC 41/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Maninder Singh v New Zealand Police
Case number
SC 42/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Zhongxiu Fan v Yiheng Wu and Zhaohua Li
Case number
SC 43/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Darryn Michael Horton v The Queen
Case number
SC 44/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Yiheng Wu and Zhaohua Li
Case number
SC 45/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
P (SC 46/2021) v Commissioner of Inland Revenue, W (SC 40/2021) and Attorney General
Case number
SC 46/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal