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.

23 February 2021

Case information summary 2020 (as at 19 February 2021) - cases where leave granted (pdf 74 KB)
Case information summary 2020 (as at 19 February 2021) - cases where leave to appeal decision not yet made (PDF, 81 KB)

2021

Case name
Phillip John Smith v Chief Executive of the Department of Corrections
Case number
SC 1/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Douglas Roy Andrews v The Queen
Case number
SC 2/2021
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
Qiufen Lu and Liansen Mao v Industrial and Commerical Bank of China (New Zealand) Limited and Qian Hou
Case number
SC 3/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Jeremy James McGuire v Secretary for Justice
Case number
SC 4/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - application for leave to bring an appeal
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
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