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Tribunals

Building Disputes Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Tribunal is an independent entity, set up in 1996. It is an Authorised Nominating Authority under the Construction Contracts Act 2002 for the purpose of nominating adjudicators to determine building and construction disputes.

Governing legislation

Construction Contracts Act 2002

Contact details

Use the contact information or fill in the form on the contact us page.

Availability

The Tribunal's website includes a Court decisions database. Relevant Commonwealth decisions are included under the Global decisions category.

Copyright Tribunal

Jurisdiction

Disputes about licences for copying, performing and broadcasting of works.

Governing legislation

Copyright Act 1994

Contact details

See the copyright tribunal contact us information

Reported in

Copyright decisions from the High Court and Court of Appeal are selectively reported inIntellectual Property Reports, but New Zealand Copyright Tribunal decisions are not.

Note

Originally established under the repealed Copyright Act 1962.See Also

Intellectual Property Office of New ZealandandCommissioner of Patents, Trade Marks and Designs

Deportation Review Tribunal

Availability

NZLII (1998-2010)

Indexed by

BriefCase

Reported in

NZAR

Note

Replaced in 2009 by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Disputes Tribunals

Jurisdiction

Considers civil claims not exceeding an amount set by the Act in relation to damage or loss of property, or in relation to contractual or quasi-contractual agreements. Mediated by lay persons rather than judges.

Governing legislation

Disputes Tribunals Act 1988

Contact details

See the Disputes Tribunal webpages for contact details and for information about the disputes process.

Availability

NZLII 2007 onward. Use the decision finder to search or browse decisions

Note

Formerly the Small Claims Tribunals established under the Small Claims Tribunals Act 1976; became the Disputes Tribunals in 1988.

Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal was established in 2004. It hears and determines disciplinary proceedings brought against health practitioners. This Tribunal replaces the Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Governing legislation

Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Contact details

See the HPDT site and fill in the contact form.

Availability

The Tribunal's website contains Practice Notes and Decisions. Summaries and full-text decisions 2004 onwards are available on BriefCase and LINX.

Human Rights Review Tribunal

Jurisdiction

Hears proceedings brought by the Health and Disabilities Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commissioner, pursuant the Acts listed below.

Governing legislation

Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994;Human Rights Act 1993;Privacy Act 1993

Contact details

See the Tribunal's website for contact information.

Availability

NZLII 2002 onwards. NZLII also has Complaints Review Tribunal decisions 1994-2007. HRRT decisions are available on the Tribunal website.

Indexed by

LINX;BriefCase

Reported in

HRNZ;NZAR;NZELC

Note

Replaces the Equal Opportunities Tribunal and the Complaints Review Tribunal

Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Tribunal hears appeals against decisions made by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA). It also also decides on matters involving immigration advisers who are referred to it by the IAA, and on whether an immigration advisor's licence should be suspended pending a final decision by the Authority.

Governing legislation

Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007

Contact details

See the Immigration Advisers Tribunal contact page for information about how to get in touch with them.

Availability

NZLII 2010 onwards, Tribunal decision database 2014 onward

Note

See also: Immigration Advisers Authority

Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Jurisdiction

An independent tribunal set up to decide all immigration, deportation, refugee and protection appeals in New Zealand.

Governing legislation

Immigration Act 2009

Contact details

Tribunals Unit, Private Bag 32-001, Panama Street, Wellington 6146Tel: +64 4 462 6660Fax: +64 4 462 6686 Email: tribunals@justice.govt.nz

Availability

Available on NZLII 2010 onwards. The Tribunal has searchable databases for decisions involving Refugee/ProtectionResidence and Deportation.

Note

Replaces the Residence Review BoardRemoval Review AuthorityRefugee Status Appeal Authority and the Deportation Review Tribunal

Land Valuation Tribunal

Jurisdiction

Hears objections against valuations made by the Valuer-General; jurisdiction covered by several Acts.

Governing legislation

Land Valuation Proceedings Act 1948

Contact details

Regional contact details are available via the Tribiunal contacts page

Availability

NZLII 2000 onwards.

Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Tribunal hears and determines disciplinary charges against the legal and conveyancing professions. These charges are referred to it by a standards committee of the New Zealand Law Society or New Zealand Society of Conveyancers, or the Legal Complaints Review Officer. The Tribunal also deals with legal matters that relate to employment, registration, revocations and appeals made to it.

Governing legislation

Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006

Contact details

See the tribunals contact information page.

Availability

NZLII 2009, onward. Decisions are also available via the Ministry's Decisions database.

Indexed by

LINX

Reported in

PRNZ

Note

Replaced the Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in 2009. See also Legal Complaints Review Officer

Law Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

Availability

Available from 2009 onwards from the Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal website

Indexed by

LINX

Reported in

PRNZ

Note

Replaced in 2009 by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal

Legal Aid Tribunal

Jurisdiction

Reviews decisions made by the Legal Services Commissioner regarding grants for legal aid. The Tribunal was set up in July 2011.

Governing legislation

Legal Services Act 2011

Contact details

See the tribunal's webpages for contact information

Availability

Selected decisions are available from the Tribunal's web site

Note

Replaced the Legal Aid Review Panel in July 2011. See also Legal Aid Review Authority.

Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

Availability

Summaries and full-text decisions from the Tribunal's website. LINX has selected summaries and full text decisions, 1997-2007.

Indexed by

BriefCaseLINX

Note

This tribunal was replaced by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in September 2004.

Mental Health Review Tribunal

Jurisdiction

On application from individuals, or on its own impetus, the Tribunal may review and decide whether a patient subject to a compulsory treatment order should have that status removed or continued. May also review investigations by a district inspector if a patient is not satisfied with the outcome of such an investigation.

Governing legislation

Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992

Contact details

See Ministry of Health MHRT webpages

Availability

NZLII 2009 onwards.

Indexed by

BriefCase

Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal

Jurisdiction

There are three tribunals - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. They deal with disputes referred by the Motor Vehicle Dealers Institute regarding the responsibilities of licensed Motor Vehicle Dealers.

Governing legislation

Motor Vehicle Sales Act 2003

Contact details

See the MVDT webpages.

Availability

NZLII(2006 onwards).

Indexed by

BriefCase

Reported in

NZAR

Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal deals with matters relating to the licensing and discipline of persons licensed under legislation to carry out real estate agency work. The Tribunal hears and determines charges against licensees laid by a Complaints Assessment Committee of the Real Estate Agents Authority.

Governing legislation

Real Estate Agents Act 2008

Contact details

Contact information for the tribunal is available online.

Availability

NZLII 2010 onward

Sports Tribunal of New Zealand

Jurisdiction

The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand was established in 2003 by the Board of Sport and Recreation New Zealand under section 8(i) of the Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002 under the name of the Sports Disputes Tribunal of New Zealand. It has been continued under its present name by section 29 of the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006.

Governing legislation

Sport and Recreation New Zealand Act 2002andSports Anti-Doping Act 2006

Contact details

See the Tribunal's website for contact information.

Availability

Decisions are available from the Tribunal's website

Indexed by

BriefCase;LINX

Teachers' Disciplinary Tribunal

Jurisdiction

An independent quasi-judicial body of the New Zealand Teachers Council that considers cases of serious misconduct or convictions that warrant consideration by the Disciplinary Tribunal.  Appeals against the Council’s  decisions are heard in the District Court.

Governing legislation

Education Act 1989

Contact details

New Zealand Teachers Council, PO Box 5326, Wellington 6145 Tel: +64 4 471 0852Fax +64 4 471 0870Email:  inquiries@teacherscouncil.govt.nz

Availability

Decisions are available via the New Zealand Teachers Council web site

Note

See also New Zealand Teachers Council

Tenancy Tribunal

Jurisdiction

Hears all disputes between landlords and tenants in relation to any tenancy to which the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 applies.

Governing legislation

Residential Tenancies Act 1986

Contact details

See the

Availability

The Ministry of Justice site includes a database of Tenancy Tribunal Orders

Victims' Special Claims Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Victims' Special Claims Tribunal hears claims from victims of crime and decides whether they are entitled to compensation

Governing legislation

Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Act 2005

Contact details

Contact details are available online.

Availability

Some decisions may be available via the Tribunal's website, though the Tribunal may give an order forbidding publication of all or part of the evidence presented in a case, to protect victims' personal details.

Waitangi Tribunal Te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi

Jurisdiction

Considers inquiries into claims brought against the Crown by Maori in relation to issues surrounding the Treaty of Waitangi. Within the terms of the governing legislation, it makes recommendations to government on how such issues may be resolved. The government is generally not legally bound to follow such recommendations.

Governing legislation

Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975;Treaty of Waitangi (Fisheries Claims) Settlement Act 1992;Treaty of Waitangi (State Enterprises) Act 1988 ;Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908

Contact details

See the Waitangi Tribunal's website for contact details.

Availability

Available in summary and full text from the Tribunal's website. Summary notes on selected claims are available online in the Māori Law Review.

Indexed by

BriefCase

Weathertight Homes Tribunal

Jurisdiction

The Tribunal deals with leaky home claims.

Governing legislation

Weathertight Homes Resolution Services Act 2006

Contact details

Contact information for the Weathertight Homes Tribunal can be found online.

Availability

NZLII has the Weathertight Homes Tribunal Decisions 2003 onwards, and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal Eligibility Decisions 2008 onwards. The Tribunal's Decisions page contains the Tribunal's decisions (2007 onwards), plus decisions of the adjudicators at the Department of Building and Housing back to 2003. It also includes a section for Relevant Decisions of other Courts.

Indexed by

BriefCase