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Civil Procedure: District Courts and Tribunals

Civil Procedure: Dsitrict Courts and Tribunals provides consolidated legislation accompanied by practical and insightful section-by-section and rule-by-rule commentary, including case law analysis. With the commencement of the new District Courts Rules on 1 November 2009, our existing text, Brookers District Courts Procedure was significantly revised, and is in effect essentially a new work.

Civil Procedure: District Courts and Tribunals, as it is now called, provides the full text of both the District Courts Rules 2009 and the imported High Court Rules 2008, along with commentary on both, as well as coverage of Tribunals. This is the most comprehensive authority available for civil litigation practitioners on District Courts and Tribunals' procedure.


General Editor - District Courts Act & Rules

Roderick Joyce QSO, KC

Following two partnerships in law firms, Rod commenced practice as a barrister sole in 1975. He was appointed Queen's Counsel 1985. He served as Judge of the District Courts of New Zealand from 1993 until 2014. He was a member of the Rules Committee from 2002 to 2011.

Before his service as a judge, he appeared in a wide range of civil (and criminal) cases at all court levels in New Zealand, and before the Privy Council in London.

He has been actively involved in legal education for the last 20 years. He is currently an Honorary Academic and Teaching Fellow (lecturing in Civil Procedure) at the University of Auckland School of Law; a Continuing Legal Education instructor with the New Zealand Law Society, and Assistant Editor of Thomson Reuters Journal of Civil Litigation and Practice (Australia).

In 2013 he was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to the judiciary.

General Editor - Tribunals

Peter Spiller BA LLB PhD (Natal) LLM MPhil (Camb) PhD (Cant) PGCTT (Waikato) DRS DSS (CIANZ)

District Court Judge, Chair of the Immigration and Protection Tribunal

Prior to being appointed a Judge, Peter Spiller was Principal Disputes Referee, with oversight of the Disputes Tribunals.

Peter holds the position of Honorary Professor of Law at Waikato University, and has been a law teacher for 38 years. He has written a number of books and other publications, including the New Zealand Law Dictionary and books on dispute resolution, legal history and the Disputes Tribunal.


Christopher Chapman B.Sc LLM AAMINZ MRAeS, Member Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Chris Chapman is a Wellington barrister practising in commercial litigation and arbitration. He also holds a commercial pilot's licence and is active in aviation law. Before commencing practice as a barrister he was for many years a litigation partner in Buddle Findlay's Wellington office. He has also practised in England as a barrister and as a solicitor.

Christopher LaHatte LLB (Auckland), FAMINZ Med/Arb, MMgt (Dip Res) (Massey), FCIArb

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Christopher LaHatte has a diverse legal background and has appeared in most levels of Courts and Tribunals in New Zealand. He graduated from University of Auckland LLB 1977 and was admitted to the bar in 1978. In 2007 he qualified as Master of Management (Dispute Resolution) Massey University.

He has practiced as a barrister in Auckland and overseas, is also a Fellow of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand (Mediation), and is a Construction Adjudicator and a mediator and arbitrator.

Sean McAnally LLB (Hons) (Otago)

Barrister and Solicitor of the High Courts of New Zealand and the Cook Islands

Sean McAnally commenced practice as a judges' clerk at the High Court in Wellington. At that time he wrote the quarterly updates for what was then the Department for Courts' Sentencing Digest. He then practised as a civil and criminal litigator in the Cook Islands for 12 months.

In 2001 Sean joined the Auckland firm Keegan Alexander and became a partner in 2009. He joined the separate bar in 2022. He specialises in commercial litigation. Sean has written for New Zealand Law Journal on topics such as sentencing, administrative law, statutory interpretation, the conflict of laws and evidence.