The Life of a High Court File

Author(s): compilation of papers


Materials comprised of a paper and a PowerPoint handout


The Honourable Justice Wylie
Associate Judge Bell
John Richardson, Court Manager, High Court (Auckland)
Martin Smith, Partner, Gilbert Walker
Chair: The Honourable Justice Wylie


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

This is 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.

It will also provide valuable 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 High Court Registry, the role of case officers in following up on compliance, how and when files get to judges, dealing with interpreters, AVL and court facilities and in the future electronic filing and document management.
  • Learn more about the jurisdiction and powers of Associate Judges in dealing with High Court files and those areas in which they will deal with practitioners directly.
  • Understand better how the Court and Judges deal with the triaging of proceedings, pre-trial conferences, complex conferences, priority fixtures, adjournments, consent memoranda, suppression orders, costs, sealing judgments and access to court documents.

Intended audience

Junior litigators who may be looking to step up and appear in the High Court for the first time and those who already have appeared and wish to gain further insights into the workings of the Court. 

Publication dateMarch 2019
FormatPDF and/or hard copy
CPD Seminar Papers ISBN: C0559/P
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