Family court cases average waiting time and caseloads statistics

Zane Collins made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: Zane Collins

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I would like to request the statistics of NZ family court cases wait times and caseloads also take into account any cases currently waiting to be scheduled, factoring them into the delay estimates.

I want them to be grouped per region, per year from 2010 to 2018.

Example: from the date the first application is received by the court until a date allocated for a final hearing.

Yours faithfully,

Zane Collins

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Good afternoon Mr Collins,


Acknowledging receipt of your OIA of 14 March 2018, as below.


You can expect a response on or before 13 April 2018.


Kind regards,



[1] Alex Pickard
Advisor |
Ministry of
Justice | Tāhū
o te Ture


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Hi Zane


Please find attached an OIA response to your request about Family Court







[1]Description: Description: Description: Antony Paltridge
Team Leader (Media and
External Relations) |
Communication Services
DDI: +64 4 918 8980










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Melissa hobby left an annotation ()

I am an Australian with no support in nz all alone and currently waited 7 months now with no court date..why does the process take so long ? It's a stressful situation for everyone involved and is made worse by waiting long periods of time..I have put in for an emergency hearing as my physical and mental health has deteriorated with the stress of the time spent waiting..I even told my case manager I have been suicidal lately and he said oh well you can leave your kids here and go home if you want this ti be do we get treated like this with no regard? I was also told I have a slim chance of winning as ex is a new Zealander....I will be going to Australian media about your backward court system..

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