Supreme Court Act 2003

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  • This version was replaced on 16 February 2017 to make a correction to Schedule 2 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Reprint as at 1 January 2014

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Supreme Court Act 2003

Public Act
2003 No 53
Date of assent
17 October 2003
see section 2

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Justice.


5Act binds the Crown
6Supreme Court established
7Appeals against decisions of Court of Appeal in civil proceedings
8Appeals against decisions of High Court in civil proceedings
9Appeals against decisions of other courts in civil proceedings
10Appeals against decisions in criminal proceedings
11Procedural requirements
12Appeals to be by leave
13Criteria for leave to appeal
14No direct appeal from court other than Court of Appeal unless exceptional circumstances established
15Applications for leave
16Court to state reasons for refusal to give leave
17Constitution of Court
18Chief Justice, and seniority of Judges
19Acting Chief Justice
20Judges to be Judges of High Court
21Judges of other courts vacate office on appointment
22Term of office of Judges
23Acting Judges
24Appeals to proceed by rehearing
25General powers
26Power to remit proceedings
27Exercise of powers of Court
28Interlocutory orders and directions may be made and given by one Judge
29Presiding Judge
30Procedure if Judges absent
31Judgment of Court
32Decisions of Court may be enforced by High Court
33Salaries and allowances of Judges
34Fees to be paid into Crown Bank Account
35Contempt of Court
36Appointment of officers
37Powers and duties of officers
40Reviews of decisions of Registrars about fees
41Technical advisers
42Ending of appeals to Her Majesty in Council
43New sections 4A and 4B of Judicature Act 1908 inserted
44Constitution of the Court
45Technical advisers
46New sections 58A and 58B inserted
47Other substantive amendments
48Consequential amendments and repeals
49Imperial enactments ceasing to have effect in New Zealand
50Privy Council may still determine appeals in certain existing proceedings
51Limitation on right to appeal to Supreme Court in certain existing proceedings
52Transitional effect of sections 42 and 49
53Transitional arrangements for leave applications
54No new rights of appeal against decisions made before 1 January 2004
55Hearings not to begin before 1 July 2004
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