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  • Courts In New Zealand
  • A Question for You..
    • Why would it be a bad idea to have ONE court handle all of the following situations?
    • A couple arguing over child custody.
    • A builder being charged with chopping down a protected native tree.
    • A murder committed by an adult.
    • An act of vandalism committed by Year Nine student.
  • Which court?
    • There are many different courts, each rules only on certain types of disputes.
  • New Zealand has a range of courts
    • District Court, Family Court, Environment Court and Youth Court are all examples of different courts in NZ’s justice system.
  • Different areas of our lives are governed by different laws.
    • Criminal law, family law, environment law, what’s the difference?
    • Although “Justice” is the goal of the courts, different situations require different solutions.
    • What works for one court may not be useful for another.
    • Each court has Judges who are specialists in their area or experience in dealing with a particular type of crime.
  • Each area of law is huge and requires specialisation
    • Judges decisions are guided by the law. The law may give the minimum or maximum sentence for certain crimes.
    • Getting to know the law and how it has been applied in the past takes years of experience.
  • Each area of law is huge and requires specialisation
    • Because of this judges and lawyers tend to stick to one area of law.
  • Each area of law has its own court.
    • The area over which the court has control is called its jurisdiction.
    • So all family disputes are resolved by judges and lawyers that have concentrated on family law for example.
  • If at first you don’t succeed…
    • If someone isn’t happy with a decision for any reason they can appeal (Court of Appeal), and appeal again (Supreme Court).
  • How the courts are connected
  • Final Judgement!
    • The Supreme court is the highest court in the land, their decision is final!