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Find information on civil disputes and claims filed in the District Court of New Zealand.

The District Courts were established by the District Courts Act 1947, and their processes are governed by the District Court Rules 2014. You can find copies of Acts and Rules at



Commencing a claim

Statements of claim


Statement of defence

Judgment by default

Defences and counterclaims



Preparing evidence

Preparing submissions

Attending a trial

Making submissions

Witnesses on trial

Sealing judgment, enforcement, appeals and rehearings

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