Materials comprised of a Paper and a PowerPoint handout.


His Honour Judge Harrison
Andrew Gilchrist, Barrister, Southern Cross Chambers
Rowena Tyler, Service Manager, Civil Case Management Team, Auckland District Court
Chair: His Honour Judge Harrison


Much about what happens behind the scenes once civil proceedings are commenced in the District Court remains something of a mystery, even to seasoned litigators.

These materials offer a rare opportunity to discover more about the workings of the Court, and to gain a better understanding of the various stages and procedures that may be encountered on the way to a final hearing and beyond from the Court’s perspective.

It also provides invaluable insights into how to avoid the numerous pitfalls that can occur along the way.

These materials will help you

  • Gain insights into the general structure and operation of the District Court Registry, the role of case officers in following up on compliance, and how and when files get to Judges.
  • Understand better how the Court and Judges deal with the triaging of proceedings, various conferences, priority fixtures, adjournments, and consent memoranda.
  • Benefit from learning about what’s ahead for the everyday workings of the District Court.

Intended audience

Junior litigators who appear in the District Court and more experienced litigators who wish to gain further insights into the workings of the Court.