Family Court


A division of the District Courts. Has jurisdiction in relation to a number of Acts dealing with family law. Hearings are private and run in a less formal manner, by judges skilled in this sensitive area of law.

Governing legislation

Family Courts Act 1980

Contact details

See Family Court of New Zealand website


Decisions of the Family Court are often confidential and names may be suppressed. Persons wanting access to decisions that have not been released need to prove to the Court Registrar that they have a proper interest in the case. Decisions can be found on the District Court of New Zealand (2016 onwards), and on NZLII (1997 onwards). Also available via Brookers Judgment Service (1989 onward).

Indexed by

BCL; BriefCase; LINX

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