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

The High Court has unlimited jurisdiction. That means it can hear any claim unless there is a specific law saying a particular court or tribunal has ‘exclusive jurisdiction’ to hear a particular kind of claim.


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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