Most Read Contributor in New Zealand, September 2016
Court processes will be streamlined and modernised, including
the use of electronic technology, through legislation recently
introduced into Parliament.
The Judicature Modernisation Bill implements the
Government's response to the Law Commission review of the
Judicature Act 1908.
introducing a panel of judges in the High Court with particular
expertise to hear specialised types of commercial cases
repealing the High Court Commercial List
increasing the limit of the District Court's civil
jurisdiction from $200,000 to $350,000 (this would open up the
cheaper District Court option to more cases)
raising the maximum financial penalty for some offences against
the District Court (such as disobeying a witness summons)
increasing the ability of all Courts to make orders restricting
requiring Judges to publish information relating to the
delivery of reserved judgments, recusal from cases, the suitability
of Judges holding employment or other office, and all final written
judgments unless good reason exists not to
making judicial review more accessible by, for example,
modernising the language and providing for the procedure in a
introducing a single statutory system for the award of interest
on money claims, and
facilitating the use of electronic technology in court and
tribunal proceedings. As currently drafted, all paper-based
requirements in existing courts and tribunals could be interpreted
as allowing electronic processes.
Chapman Tripp comment
The changes should help to provide certainty regarding
procedure, timeframe and cost. The further facilitation of
electronic operations will help promote timeliness and efficiency
regarding filing and record-keeping.
Our thanks to Heather McKenzie for writing this Brief
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