Supreme Court Act 2003

  • repealed
  • Supreme Court Act 2003: repealed, on 1 March 2017, by section 182(3) of the Senior Courts Act 2016 (2016 No 48).
3 Purpose


The purpose of this Act is—


to establish within New Zealand a new court of final appeal comprising New Zealand judges—


to recognise that New Zealand is an independent nation with its own history and traditions; and


to enable important legal matters, including legal matters relating to the Treaty of Waitangi, to be resolved with an understanding of New Zealand conditions, history, and traditions; and


to improve access to justice; and


to provide for the court’s jurisdiction and related matters; and


to end appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from decisions of New Zealand courts; and


to make related amendments to certain enactments relating to courts or judicial proceedings.


Nothing in this Act affects New Zealand’s continuing commitment to the rule of law and the sovereignty of Parliament.