Currently, full launch of this website is being delayed due to a general refusal by the New Zealand Supreme Court Registrar to allow public access to court records.

A Judicial Review of this decision by the Registrar was filed in November 2013.  It was summarily dismissed by judgment of High Court Judge Clifford in May 2014 (CIV 2013 404 4750 [2014] NZHC 1179) on the ground the High Court does not have jurisdiction to judicially review administrative decisions of the Registrar of higher courts.

This judgment is now the subject of an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court, with a Notice of Appeal being filed at the Court of Appeal in June 2014 as a fall back position in the event the Supreme Court refuses leave to appeal.


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Why This Site is Necessary

The New Zealand Supreme Court was established by statute only in 2003. It replaced the Privy Council in England as New Zealand's highest court.

Two years before its establishment, the New Zealand Court of Appeal was found by the Privy Council in Taito v Q [2002] UKPC 15 to have engaged in systemic abuses of due process by dismissing as many as 1,500 appeals on an ex-parte basis over the previous 10 years, sometimes on the signature of a court registrar - dismissals often given only in handwritten notations on the court file.

The public have been told these abuses have ceased despite the Court of Appeal judges found culpable for these due process breaches being the first appointees to the new Supreme Court. Only by seeing the public court records which these judges have been hiding will we truly know.