Judicature Modernisation: What’s New, What’s Not (On Demand)

Recorded Seminar 2 CPD Hrs
Your desk or on your portable device


The judicature modernisation legislation made changes to the law regarding New Zealand’s courts and court procedure. The omnibus Judicature Modernisation Bill was divided into 5 new Acts and 18 amendment Acts, and most of the changes came into force on 1 March 2017. This seminar will focus specifically on:

  • The Senior Courts Act 2016 which replaces both the Judicature Act 1908 and the Supreme Court Act 2003, including new provisions in respect of jury trials in civil proceedings and vexatious litigants;
  • The District Court Act 2016 which amongst other changes increases the limit of a claim from $200,000 to $350,000; and
  • The Electronic Courts and Tribunals Act 2016 which makes provision for the use of electronic communications systems for the filing and handling of documents and will apply to Courts and Tribunals nominated by the Governor-General.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn more about the changes and the impact of the Senior Courts Act 2016.
  • Gain a better understanding of how the District Courts will be affected by the new legislation.
  • Learn more about the Electronic Courts and Tribunals Act 2016 and what to expect once the applicable Courts and Tribunals have been specified.

Who should view?

All litigators and lawyers who may have dealings with the Courts.


Order timeframe

Access details will be delivered via email within 15 minutes.


Dr David Harvey
Faculty of Law
Auckland University

Dr David Harvey was appointed as a District Court Judge in 1989, and sat at Manukau for 20 years before transferring to Auckland in 2009.

As a judge, Dr Harvey was closely involved with information technology initiatives involving the judiciary.

He recently stood down from the Bench and is now the Director of the New Zealand Centre for ICT Law at the Law School.

Peter Twist

Peter Twist was admitted in 1984 and graduated with a BA and LLB (Hons) from the University of Auckland. He currently practises as a barrister sole in Auckland in the field of civil litigation, specialising in land law, equity, contract, tort, trusts and company law. He is a contributor to Sim’s Court Practice for which he writes the commentary to the Senior Courts Act 2016, the Crown Proceedings Act 1950, the Declaratory Judgments Act 1908, and the Habeas Corpus Act 2001. He is also a contributor to Hinde McMorland & Sim, Land Law in New Zealand, as well as being a co-author of the Restitution title for Laws of New Zealand.


The Honourable Justice Venning
Chief High Court Judge