Modern Justice System…

A Supreme Court was first established in 1841, it was named “The High Court” and is different to the current “Supreme Court”. After a lot of tests to see if a “High Court” was really *appropriate* they decided to make it official in 1846… yes it did take that long to decide. The “Court Of Appeal” is currently to highest court in New Zealand. In 1865 a Native Land Court was established to "define the land rights of Māori people, under Māori customs and to translate those rights or customary titles into land titles recognisable under European law", which means that the maoris thought that it would be easier for the courts to take away their own rights if they had this much power. And that is the most recent news about the current state of the justice system.

Ancient Justice System…

Despite having its own courts since 1840, New Zealand’s judicial system didn’t become entirely independent until 2003, when the Supreme Court replaced the British Privy Council as New Zealand’s court of final appeal. The justice system is made up of different courts, but some have more power than others.  Courts resolve conflicts between people, or between people and the City/Country.  A court in London was New Zealand’s official court of final appeal. In the Supreme Court usually five judges will hear each case and then they go into a little room and discuss what the charges will be for each participant.