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Chapter 8
Leadership and accountability

Reserved judgments

8.29In consultation discussions on Issues Paper 29, there was one matter, not discussed in the issues papers, which was consistently raised with Commission staff: the time taken for reserved judgments, and a perceived lack of judicial accountability for ensuring the efficient delivery of these.

8.30In the Commission’s view, imposing a time limit on the delivery of judgments would be inconsistent with judicial independence, and it would be impossible for legislation to capture the scenarios that may lead to a delay in the delivery of a judgment. We do, however, think the public has a genuine interest in knowing what judgments are outstanding in each court, and the judges responsible for delivering these. We consider that a list of reserved judgments for every judge in each of the District Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court could easily, and should, be made available on the Courts of New Zealand website on the first day of each calendar month.107

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.

107We note that this already happens in the Supreme Court: Courts of New Zealand “Supreme Court Reserved Decisions” <www.courtsofnz.govt.nz>.