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 2022 - 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.

8 November 2022

Case information summary 2022 (as at 4 November 2022) – Cases where leave granted (PDF, 43 KB)
Case information summary 2022 (as at 4 November 2022) – Cases where leave to appeal decision not yet made (PDF, 25 KB)

2022

Case name
Port Otago Limited v Environmental Defence Society Incorporated, Otago Regional Council, Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated and Marlborough District Council
Case number
SC 6/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Port Otago Ltd v Environmental Defence Society Inc [2021] NZCA 638).
B The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to dismiss the appeal.
17 March 2022
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Date of hearing
11 May 2022 - 12 May 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, William Young, Glazebrook, Ellen France and Williams JJ
Transcripts
Case Synopses
Case name
Fiona Margaret Mead v Lilach Paul and Brett Paul
Case number
SC 7/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Paul v Mead) [2021] NZCA 649).
B The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to allow the appeal.
22 March 2022
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Date of hearing
22 July 2022
Judges
Glazebrook, O'Regan, Ellen France, Williams and Kós JJ
Case name
Todd William Frank Sutton and Todd William Frank Sutton and Hoffman Trustees Limited as trustees of the Todd Sutton Trust v Joana Elisia Bell
Case number
SC 8/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Sutton v Bell [2021] NZCA 645).
B The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to dismiss the appeal.
12 April 2022
Date of hearing
02 August 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Ellen France and Kós JJ
Case name
D (SC 12/2022) v The Queen
Case number
SC 12/2022
Summary
ORDER PROIBITING 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 TRIAL. PUBLICATION IN LAW REPORT OR LAW DIGEST PERMITTED.
Result
ORDER PROIBITING 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 TRIAL. PUBLICATION IN LAW REPORT OR LAW DIGEST PERMITTED.
2 March 2022
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Make It 16 Incorporated v Attorney-General
Case number
SC 14/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Make It 16 Inc v Attorney General [2021] NZCA 681).
B The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to dismiss the appeal.
13 April 2022
Date of hearing
12 July 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Ellen France and Kós JJ
Case name
Robert Roper v Mariya Ann Taylor and Attorney-General
Case number
SC 16/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Taylor v Roper [2020] NZCA 268 reissued 16 December 2021 and Taylor v Roper [2021] NZCA 691).
B Leave to the First Respondent to cross appeal is granted.
17 May 2022
Date of hearing
05 October 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Williams and William Young JJ
Case name
I (SC 20/2022) v The Queen
Case number
SC 20/2022
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 trial. Publication in law report or law digest permitted.
Result
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 trial. Publication in law report or law digest permitted.
30 March 2022
District Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Alan Russell Hall v The Queen
Case number
SC 21/2022
Summary
Criminal Appeal
Result
A The application for an extension of time to apply for leave to appeal is granted.
B Leave to appeal is granted (R v Hall [1987] 1 NZLR 616 (CA)).
C The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to dismiss the appeal.
3 May 2022
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A The appeal is allowed.
B The convictions of the appellant are quashed.
C Order under s 385(2) of the Crimes Act 1961 directing that verdicts of acquittal be entered.
8 June 2022
Date of hearing
08 June 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, O'Regan, Ellen France, Williams and Kós JJ
Transcripts
Media Releases
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Leave judgment - leave granted
Substantive judgment
Case name
Attorney-General v Miraya Ann Taylor and Robert Roper
Case number
SC 23/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Taylor v Roper [2020] NZCA 268 reissued 16 December 2021 and Taylor v Roper [2021] NZCA 691).
B Leave to the First Respondent to cross appeal is granted.
17 May 202
Date of hearing
05 October 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Williams and William Young JJ
Case name
The Attorney-General and The Chief Executive, Ara Poutama Aotearoa Department of Corrections v Mark David Chisnall
Case number
SC 26/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal and to cross-appeal is granted (Chisnall v Attorney-General [2021] NZCA 616 and Chisnall v Attorney-General [2022] NZCA 24).
B The approved questions are as follows:
(a) Whether the Court of Appeal was correct to make declarations that Part 1A of the Parole Act 2002 [extended supervision orders] and the Public Safety (Public Protection Orders) Act 2014 [public safety orders] are inconsistent with s 26(2) of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 [the Bill of Rights]; and
(b) Whether the Court of Appeal was correct not to make declarations that extended supervision orders and public safety orders are inconsistent with ss 9, 22, 23(5), 25(a), (c) and (d), and 26(1) of the Bill of Rights.
22 June 2022
Date of hearing
17 October 2022 - 18 October 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Williams and Kós JJ