New Zealand Law Reports

New Zealand Law Reports

The New Zealand Law Reports is a generalist law report series that covers all major developments in New Zealand case law. It is the only authorised law report series in New Zealand. It includes all decisions from the Supreme Court of New Zealand and select decisions from the Court of Appeal and High Court.

The NZLR maintains a high standard of accuracy. All headnotes for Supreme Court cases are reviewed and approved by the Supreme Court Bench prior to publication. Supreme Court decisions also include the counsels’ arguments, with the NZLR being the only law report series in New Zealand to provide this.

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  • Abbreviation: NZLR
  • Years covered: Cases decided from 1880 onwards.
  • Format: Online, hardcopy and individual PDFs through the transactional website.
  • Annual hard copy publishing frequency: 18 parts and 3 bound volumes.
  • Court coverage: Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court of New Zealand.
  • Additional content included: Annual cumulative index.
  • General Editor: The General Editor is Geoff McLay. He has a BA and LLB (Hons) (First Class) from Victoria University of Wellington and has taught at the Faculty of Law since 1995. In 2006 he was a visiting Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, teaching torts and advanced torts and product liability. In 2006 he was the New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow. He served as a Law Commissioner between 2010 and 2015 and served as the chair of the Legislation Design Advisory Committee’s external subcommittee until 2019. He also practices as a barrister, and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society and the New Zealand Bar Association.
  • Authorisation status: Authorised

Why you should subscribe to this publication

  • The NZLR is the only authorised law report series in New Zealand. This makes the publication particularly valuable to lawyers doing trial work as courts generally prefer citations from official law report series.
  • The court coverage extends to all the senior courts of New Zealand, ensuring that all important cases get reported.
  • As a generalist law report series, cases are reported from a wide range of legal fields, including company, property, family, resource management, administrative, and criminal law. This makes the publication invaluable to anyone who has an active interest in the overall development of New Zealand case law.
  • All Supreme Court headnotes are approved by the Supreme Court bench prior to publication. The published Supreme Court decisions also include the counsels’ arguments in the headnote.

New Zealand Law Reports

30 May 2023 06:39

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