6.4 Copies of judgments

A judgment is a transcript of the judge's decision.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court judgments are available on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link), as are transcripts of hearings and details of upcoming cases.

High Court

If you have been in court you should ensure that the court taker has your correct contact details as the court may email a copy of the decision to you directly. Decisions of high public interest may be posted by the court on the Courts of New Zealand website. Copies of judgments are also available from the court on application; however, a fee may apply.

District Court

For a copy of a judgment given in the District Court you may need to apply in writing to the court, giving specific information such as:

  • your name and contact details
  • the name of the defendant/parties
  • details of the charge (if it is a criminal matter)
  • the name of the judge
  • the date the judgment was given.

If the judgment is not available at that time, your request will be referred to the registrar and then to the judge who delivered the judgment.

If the request cannot be met, you will be advised of the reasons.

Environment Court

Environment Court decisions will be progressively made available through the Ministry's website (see Environment Court(external link) on this site).

Employment Court

Employment Court judgments are available on the Ministry's website (see Employment Court(external link) on this site).

Tribunals and authorities

Many decisions of tribunals and authorities that the Ministry provides administrative support to are available online. Other decisions may be obtained from the Ministry's Tribunals Unit. The rules regarding availability of decisions will vary from body to body.

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