Supreme Court


Since January 2004, the final appeal court for New Zealand cases (prior to this see Privy Council). Hears appeals on decisions of the Court of Appeal.

Governing legislation

Supreme Court Act 2003

Administering body

Ministry of Justice

Contact details

Supreme Court of New Zealand Registry,

PO Box 61, Wellington

Tel: +64 4 918 8222

Fax: +64 4 914 3560



All Supreme Court decisions are available in full text through Judicial Decisions Online, the Ministry of Justice's searchable database; NZLII has decisions 2004 onwards. Selected case summaries are available from the Courts of New Zealand website.

Indexed by

BCL; BriefCase; LINX

Reported in

Decisions may be reported in a wide range of general or subject specific law reports

Library holdings of unreported decisions

Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury Law Society Libraries (2004 onward)