Thu 14 November | 4:00PM - 6:15PM | ADLS, Chancery Chambers, Auckland MAP


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.

This seminar, presented by a District Court Judge, a senior barrister and a court service manager, offers 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 will also provide invaluable insights into how to avoid the numerous pitfalls that can occur along the way.

Questions can be submitted in advance to

Learning outcomes:

  • 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. 

Who should attend?

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


In person registration only

Please note this page is only for registration to attend in person.

To register to attend via live stream click here.


His Honour Judge Harrison

Andrew Gilchrist
Southern Cross Chambers

Andrew graduated from Otago University with an LLB and a BCom.

He started his career at Hesketh and Richmond, which in 1986 merged with Wilson Henry to become Hesketh Henry, where he was litigation partner for nearly 8 years. For the last 20 years, he has been practising as a barrister from Southern Cross Chambers.

Andrew’s areas of practice include civil and commercial litigation; company, insolvency and liquidation; IP and IT; and professional and occupational disciplinary complaints.

He has longstanding associations with NZLS, ADLS and other professional organisations; and takes a keen interest in a range of sports. 

Rowena Tyler
Service Manager
Civil Case Management Team
Auckland District Court

Rowena Tyler is a service manager based at the Auckland District Court, civil team. Before that, she spent 8 years with Auckland Family Court applications team, and prior to that was at North Shore District Court doing a variety of roles. 

Rowena is passionate about customer service and communications. She enjoys giving customers “can do” answers.

Rowena lives with her partner on a 40-acre lifestyle block in Warkworth where she raises sheep & cattle, rides horses and swears at the farm dog who is invariably chasing animals in tevery direction – just for fun…!


His Honour Judge Harrison