High Court


Given wide jurisdiction by s16 of the Judicature Act 1908 and many other Acts. Any case outside of the jurisdiction of the District Court may be commenced in the High Court. Hears appeals from the District Court and various other bodies.

Governing legislation

Established by the Judicature Act 1908

Contact details

See the Courts contact page and choose the court you want to contact.


NZLII (1847-1980 selected, comprehensive 1980 onwards); Judicial Decisions Online (2000 onwards)

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Reported in

Decisions may be reported in a wide range of general or subject-specific Law Reports


Called the Supreme Court prior to 1980.