R35 Legislation should provide that the President of the Court of Appeal and the Chief High Court Judge are accountable to the Chief Justice for ensuring the orderly and efficient operation of the Court of Appeal and High Court respectively.
R36 Legislation should provide that the Principal Judges in the divisions of the District Courts are responsible to the Chief District Court Judge for ensuring the orderly and efficient operation of their divisions.
R37 Sections 4A(4) and 57(7) of the Judicature Act 1908, and 5A of the District Courts Act 1947, should be amended to allow the President of the Court of Appeal, the Chief High Court Judge, and the Chief District Court Judge to nominate another judge to act in that judge’s place with the agreement of the Chief Justice.
R38 There should be a statutory requirement for the Chief Justice to publish an annual report on the judiciary within six months of the end of the financial year of the Ministry of Justice (or such other date agreed by the Chief Justice and the Ministry of Justice).
R39 The Ministry of Justice and the Chief Justice should agree the broad matters to be covered in the annual report on the judiciary, which should be specified in new courts legislation.
R40 New courts legislation should codify the principle that court officers performing judicial functions are not subject to direction by the Ministry of Justice.
R41 A list of reserved judgments for every judge in each of the District Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court should be published on the Courts of New Zealand website on the first day of every month.