News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Increases In Court Fees Harmful


MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 16 October 2001

Increases In Court Fees Harmful And Contrary To Advice

The New Zealand Bar Association remains most concerned at the Government’s decision to maintain very significant increases in civil court fees, in some cases by more than 300%.

The latest decision flies in the face of measured and sensible advice and can only be seen as unconscionable revenue grabbing. The Bar Association intends to pursue a challenge to the regulations introducing these new court fees, with Parliament’s Regulations Review Committee.

When the Government first announced its intention to increase court fees from 1 July 2001, it was met with significant protests that higher court fees would create a new barrier to access to justice. The increases were deferred and the Government appointed a working party to consider the impact of increased court fees.

That working party, with broad sectional representation, and after extensive work, recommended that the proposed increases were unacceptable and should not proceed. The working party recognised that access to justice is a fundamental right and although there should be some private contribution to the costs of the courts, there is a larger public responsibility.

The NZBA sees in the Government’s rejection of those views a conscious preparedness to impede access to the courts for the sake of greater cost recoveries. Given the importance of access to the courts, this has serious constitutional consequences.

The impact of this new barrier to access to justice will not be significantly lessened by certain exemptions or by the enactment of the Court Fees (Waivers) Act. On any view, the harm done to the New Zealand justice system far outweighs the relatively modest increase in cost recoveries that will be achieved.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: The Helicopter View From Space Yoga Studio

Written in Sanskrit at some point between the second century BCE and the fourth century CE, Patanjali's classic definition of the purpose of yoga has been translated in a number of different ways, but they all boil down to essentially the same message - the calming or quieting of “mental fluctuations.” More>>

Joseph Cederwall Review: NZSO Plays Bach And Ellington

The NZSO’s Shed Series returned for 2019 with the aptly titled REBIRTH at Shed 6. This theme dealt with the way in which music constantly evolves and changes, with styles and musical periods reborn in completely new and different ways. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Voulez-Vous Couchez Avec Moi? - C'est Chic, Ça Colette!

Starring the ravishingly vibrant Keira Knightley in the title role, Colette is a fairly pedestrian paint-by numbers biopic - which is a little disappointing, given that its cross-dressing and pansexual protagonist lead anything but a dull life. More>>

Wellington Repertory Theatre: New Season Includes Royal Hunt of The Sun

“The objective behind our ambitious 2019 season is to expand our offering to a broader range of Wellingtonians. It’s the first time in over a decade that we’ve produced four shows, and the first time we will be performing at the Hannah Payhouse,” says Oliver Mander, WRT’s President. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Revenants - They Shall Not Grow Old

Jackson has toiled laboriously in the trenches of the digital revolution for decades, with his two turgid Tolkien trilogies constantly pushing the envelope in terms of computer-generated entertainment and providing his latest project with sufficient combat experience to warrant serious Oscar consideration for its remarkable technical achievements. More>>

Unseen Let It Be Footage: Peter Jackson Making "The Ultimate Beatles Film"

Jackson's new film will be compiled from fifty-five hours of never-released studio footage of The Beatles recording their final album Let It Be in January 1969. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland