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 2021 - 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.

22 November 2021

Case information summary 2021 (as at 12 November 2021) – Cases where leave granted (PDF, 45 KB)
Case information summary 2021 (as at 12 November 2021) – Cases where leave to appeal decision not yet made (PDF, 30 KB)

2021

Case name
Gill Pizza Limited, Sandeep Singh, Jatinder Singh, Mandeep Singh and Malotia Limited v A Labour Inspector (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)
Case number
SC 67/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (A Labour Inspector (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) v Gill Pizza Ltd [2021] NZCA 192).
B The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to conclude that the Employment Court erred in finding that, if a defendant asserts there is no employment relationship, the Labour Inspector must first seek a declaration of employment status from the Employment Court under s 6(5) of the Employment Relations Act 2000 before commencing or continuing a proceeding under s 228(1) of that Act.
12 August 2021
Date of hearing
04 November 2021
Judges
Young, Glazebrook, O’Regan , Ellen France and Williams JJ
Case name
Paul Malcolm Johnson v The Queen
Case number
SC 73/2021
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
P (SC 84/2021) v The Queen
Case number
SC 84/2021
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 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
C (SC 85/2021) v The Queen
Case number
SC 85/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Mathias Ortmann and Bram Van der Kolk v The United States of America and The District Court at North Shore
Case number
SC 88/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Kim Dotcom v The United States of America and The District Court at North Shore
Case number
SC 90/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Case name
Wairarapa Moana Ki Pouākani Incorporation v Mercury NZ Limited and The Waitangi Tribunal and Ors
Case number
SC 93/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Date of hearing
09 February 2022 - 10 February 2022
Judges
tbc
Case name
Isaac Kerehoma Stevens v The Queen
Case number
SC 96/2021
Summary
Criminal Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal
Date of Judgment
01 January 2021
High Court decision
Not publicly available
Case name
Christopher Ryan v Health and Disability Commissioner
Case number
SC 98/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal
Result
A Leave to appeal is granted (Ryan v The Health and Disability Commissioner [2021] NZCA 347).
B The approved question is whether the Court of Appeal was correct to uphold the finding of liability under s 72 of the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994.
2 November 2021
Date of hearing
24 March 2022
Judges
tbc
Case name
Winston Raymond Peters v The Attorney-General sued on behalf of the Ministry of Social Development, Brendon Boyle and Peter Hughes
Case number
SC 99/2021
Summary
Civil Appeal - Application for leave to bring an appeal