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Data reporting by courts

This page gives information about the court data in the tables, including locations with a high and/or district court.

Information about the court data in the tables

Totals shown for the courts are the combined figures for the applicable district and high courts in a particular location. Where cases have been transferred between courts, only the court of the most recent appearance is counted.

Totals in most of the tables have been aggregated to a ‘service delivery area’ level, which is the Ministry of Justice's reporting area.

Court data only includes information for courts that are currently open. Statistics on historic cases heard in a court that has since been closed are included in data for the court now serving that area. For instance, statistics on historic cases held at the Otahuhu Court are included in data for the Manukau Court (which opened in 2001).

The Court of Appeal is included in the category ‘Unknown court’ at the regional level.

Locations with a high and/or district court

The following table provides information about which locations have a high court as well as a local district court.

Reporting area Court district District court High court
 Northland
 Whangarei * *
 Dargaville *
 Kaikohe *
 Kaitaia *
 Auckland
 
 North Shore  *
 Warkworth  *  
 Auckland * *
 Waitakere  *
 Manukau

 Manukau *
 Papakura *
 Pukekohe *
 Waikato




 Hamilton * *
 Huntly *
 Morrinsville *
 Te Awamutu *
 Te Kuiti *
 Bay of Plenty / Coromandel

 Thames *  
 Tauranga * *
 Opotiki *
 Waihi *
 Whakatane *

 Central North Island

 Rotorua * *
 Taupo *
 Tokoroa *
 Taumarunui *
 East Coast / Hawke’s Bay
 Gisborne  * *
 Ruatoria *
 Wairoa *
 Napier  * *
 Hastings *  
 Waipukurau *  
 Taranaki / Whanganui  New Plymouth  * *
 Hawera *  
 Marton *  
 Taihape *  
 Whanganui  *   * 
 Manawatu / Wairarapa  Palmerston North  * *
 Dannevirke *
 Feilding *  
 Levin *  
 Masterton *  
 Wellington  Wellington  *
 Porirua *  
 Lower Hutt *  
 Upper Hutt *  
 Hutt Valley *  
 Chatham Islands *  
 Nelson / Marlborough / West Coast  Blenheim  * *
 Nelson * *
 Greymouth *  * 
 Kaikoura  *   
 Westport  *   
 Whataroa *  
 Canterbury  Christchurch  * *
 Ashburton *  
 Rangiora *  
 Otago / South Canterbury  Timaru *  
 Dunedin *
 Balclutha *  
 Oamaru *  
 Southland / Central Otago  Alexandra *  
 Invercargill  * *
 Gore *  
 Queenstown *  

Recent changes to courts

Feilding Court – closed 1 March 2013
Warkworth Court – closed 1 March 2013
Whataroa Court – closed 1 March 2013
Lower Hutt Court – closed 22 March 2013
Upper Hutt Court – closed 22 March 2013
Balclutha Court – closed Early 2014
Rangiora Court – closed Early 2014
Hutt Valley (merger of Lower and Upper Hutt Courts) – open 25 March 2013

Page updated 16 March 2016

 

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