The Supreme Court of New Zealand after 10 Years

(2016) 3 NZLJ 86.

4 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2016

See all articles by Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2016


On 1 January 2014 the New Zealand Supreme Court completed its first decade as New Zealand’s final court of appeal. It replaced the Privy Council in London. The Supreme Court started life amid some political controversy but ten years later it was hard to see what all fuss was about. The court has settled down to a reasonably quiet but effective life with little sign of controversy or upset.

In this review article the author reviews two books that were published in 2015 that examined the performance of the court over its first decade. Most of the contributions are from legal academics and contain doctrinal analysis. There is, however, some empirical research that raises new insights. The article concludes that the establishment of the court has been a successful change and has increased access to justice in New Zealand. It has conducted its affairs in an entirely circumspect and legally orthodox manner.

Keywords: Judiciary, New Zealand, Supreme Court, Privy Council

JEL Classification: K00, K10

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Supreme Court of New Zealand after 10 Years (2016). (2016) 3 NZLJ 86.. Available at SSRN:

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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