This project reviewed the structure of the judicial system of New Zealand, including the composition, jurisdiction and operation of the various courts, having regard among other matters to any changes in law and practice consequent upon the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Courts.
Terms of reference
To determine the most desirable structure of the judicial system of New Zealand in the event that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ceases to be the final appellate tribunal for New Zealand.
In any event, to ascertain what changes, if any, are necessary or desirable in the composition, jurisdiction and operation of the various courts in order to facilitate further the prompt and efficient despatch of their Criminal, Civil and other business.
Similarly, to ascertain what further changes, if any, are desirable to ensure the ready access of the people of New Zealand to the courts to determine their rights and resolve their grievances.
The Structure of the Courts (NZLC PP4, 1987)
The Commission's Preliminary Paper, The Structure of the Courts (NZLC PP4, 1987).
The Structure of the Courts (NZLC R7, 1989)
The Commission's Report, The Structure of the Courts (NZLC R7, 1989).
The Commission’s substantial recommendations were reflected in various enactments reforming the courts’ jurisdiction in 1991 and 1992.
There was no requirement for the Government to present a formal response to Commission reports before April 2009.