District Courts Rules 1992

  • revoked
  • District Courts Rules 1992: revoked, on 1 November 2009, by rule 17.1 of the District Courts Rules 2009 (SR 2009/257).

Reprint as at 1 November 2009

District Courts Rules 1992

(SR 1992/109)

  • District Courts Rules 1992: revoked, on 1 November 2009, by rule 17.1 of the District Courts Rules 2009 (SR 2009/257).


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this eprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this eprint, together with other explanatory material about this eprint.

These rules are administered in the Department of Justice.

PURSUANT to the District Courts Act 1947, His Excellency the Administrator of the Government, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following rules.


Computation of time

Offices, holidays, and office hours

Shape, etc, of documents to be filed

26  [Revoked]

27  [Revoked]

Postal provision

Solicitor's authority to file and sign documents


Taxation of costs inter partes

Security for costs

Translations into Maori

Speaking in Maori

Search of court records

Investment of funds in Court

Hearings in Chambers


Change of parties by death, etc

Statement of claim

Notice of proceeding

Service of statement of claim and notice of proceeding

Statement of defence and appearance

Summary proceeding for recovery of land

Summary judgment procedure


Third and subsequent party notices

Claims between defendants


Interpleader before judgment

Recovery of specific property subject to lien

Pleadings generally

211  [Revoked]

212  [Revoked]

213  [Revoked]


Service out of New Zealand

Change of venue after proceeding commenced

Transfer from a District Court to the High Court

Transfer from the High Court to a District Court

Interlocutory applications

Evidence on interlocutory application

Powers of Registrars


Admission of facts

Discovery and inspection of documents

Inspection and testing of property

Expert evidence

Interim preservation, etc, of property

Injunctions and receivers

Payment into court

372 Interest [Revoked]

373 Counterclaim [Revoked]

377 Forms [Revoked]

Evidence by deposition

Consolidation of proceedings

Arbitration by consent

Accounts and inquiries

General provisions affecting accounts and inquiries

Separate decision of questions

Setting down and fixtures for hearing




Main applications

Notice of defence



Interlocutory applications



Transfer of proceeding or hearing

Form of restraining order

Availability of records for criminal proceedings

Removal orders

Notices of objection

Interlocutory applications

Entry of land to enforce removal orders


Review of adjudicator's determination in respect of owner who is not respondent

Enforcement of adjudicator's determination

Judgment by default

Judgment on admission


Stay or dismissal



490 Nonsuit [Revoked]


Evidence at hearing

Evidence in trans-tasman proceedings

Procedure when evidence given by affidavit



Discovery in aid of execution


Charging orders

Charging orders affecting land in name of judgment debtor

Charging orders affecting other property

Miscellaneous provisions relating to charging orders

Distress warrants

Attachment orders

Delivery of chattels

Recovery of land

Warrant of committal

Garnishee proceedings

Interpleader proceedings under executions

Writs of arrest

Proceedings by and against executors and administrators

Gazette information

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