Case Law

Latest updates of very recent court decisions, decisions of public interest and case summaries, along with Supreme Court transcripts, decisions and reserved decisions.
This provides information on locating decisions and reports created by Courts, Tribunals, Statutory authorities, and other such bodies in New Zealand.
Judicial Decisions Online provides a searchable database of judgments and decisions sourced from New Zealand Courts and Tribunals. Decisions are published following delivery to the parties but no earlier than three days after the decisions are given. Provided by the Ministry of Justice.
NZLR are New Zealand's only official law reporting series. They report cases of significance from the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New Zealand. Coverage from 1883 onwards.


The Capital Letter provides court judgment summaries from the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New Zealand. It also provides updates on legislation, statutory reviews and general reviews, expert commentary and opinion pieces.
Coverage: Full text
New Zealand and Australian primary and secondary sources on tax, employment, company, and health and safety law.
Coverage: 1999 to present (Full text)
This database contains decisions from the Court of Appeal of New Zealand.
Coverage: 1980 to present (Some full text)
Offers coverage of British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law. It provides indexing for more than 1,200 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, Bar Association journals, and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text.
Coverage: Some full text
Search, find and compare laws from over 100 countries, using a user-friendly search engine aimed at legal information professionals.
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
HeinOnline provides access to thousands of classic legal texts, law journals, US statutory and legal resources, the European Centre for minority issues and full reprint of the English reports (1220-1867).
ICLR (The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales) publishes case law from the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales. ICLR.4 is the hub of legal authorities dating back to 1865. A dedicated case law platform presenting the cases that matter in a comprehensive and readable format.
Lexis Advance is an innovative online research platform that contains New Zealand and international legislation, case law and secondary material. Use the link on the Lexis Advance  home screen to locate material not available on the New Zealand platform.
New Zealand Acts, Bills and Regulations freely available to download.
Coverage: 1854-1985
Historic volumes of Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) for the New Zealand Parliament (1854 to 1987). 1854-1987 contain debates of the Legislative Council and the House of Representatives; 1951 etc., the debates of the House of Representatives (Legislative Council abolished Jan. 1951). Vol. numbering begins with 4th Parliament, 2nd session (1867) Vols. for 1st-4th Parliament, 1st session (1854/55-1864/66).
Coverage: 2003 to present
Hansard is the official report of debate in the House of Representatives. Produced by editors in the debating chamber who report what Members of Parliament (MPs) say. Commonly known as Hansard, its actual name is Parliamentary Debates (Hansard).
Coverage: Coverage varies (Full text)
The New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII) provides free access to legal information in New Zealand.
Comprehensive database of primary and secondary legal research materials, including cases, statutes, and journal articles from a number of jurisdictions. Extensiveness of coverage differs between jurisdictions.
Westlaw New Zealand allows you to view relevant cases, commentary and authorised reports in a single search.


This web-based service allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States.


The Laws of New Zealand is an encyclopaedic work, updated quarterly, which reflects the need to have a New Zealand equivalent to Halsbury's Laws of England. Provides a reliable statement of the whole of the law of New Zealand – statutory, regulatory and judicial. It is a comprehensive source of primary comment required by both practitioners and academics.



Access to NZ Statues with links via the Compendium to relevant case law, history, commentaries and other legislation. Provided by Lexis Nexis.
Shows the progress of Bills through Parliament.


An introduction to the New Zealand legal system.
The Commission undertakes systematic review, reform and development of New Zealand law.