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.

1 August 2022

Case information summary 2022 (as at 22 July 2022) – Cases where leave granted (PDF, 43 KB)
Case information summary 2022 (as at 22 July 2022) – Cases where leave to appeal decision not yet made (PDF, 43 KB)

2022

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
18 October 2022
Judges
Winkelmann CJ, Glazebrook, O'Regan, Williams and Kós JJ
Case name
S (SC 28/2022) v Youth Court Manukau and Attorney-General
Case number
SC 28/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
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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.
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Jason Brendon Philip v The Queen
Case number
SC 32/2022
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Chien-Hui Wu v Commissioner of Police
Case number
SC 34/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Tanya Felicity Dunstan v The Attorney-General
Case number
SC 37/2022
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Van Hemert v The Queen
Case number
SC 38/2022
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Date of hearing
27 July 2022
Judges
Ellen France, Williams and Kós JJ
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Leave judgment - leave granted
Case name
C (SC 41/2022) v The Queen
Case number
SC 41/2022
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.
15 June 2022
District Court decision
Not publicly available
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Aston-Edward William Earnest Wedgwood v The Queen
Case number
SC 43/2022
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Toko Shane Rei Winter v The Queen
Case number
SC 44/2022
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Paul Elvis Rawiri McLean v The Queen
Case number
SC 45/2022
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Court of Appeal decision
Not publicly available