Family Court of New Zealand

Family Court of New Zealand
Te Kooti a Whanau Aotearoa
Established 1 October 1981
Country New Zealand
Location Level 3,
Justice Centre,
19 Aitken Street,
Wellington, New Zealand
Composition method Appointed by the Governor-General on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of the Prime Minister (Chief Justice) and Attorney-General (Justices)
Authorized by Family Courts Act 1980
Judge term length Life tenure (Constitution Act 1986, s 23)
Number of positions 43
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The Family Court of New Zealand (in Maori: Te Kooti a Whanau Aotearoa) is a court that specifically exists to assist New Zealanders with family issues. There are 58 Family Courts throughout New Zealand.[1]

Although the Family Court is technically a division of the District Courts, it retains its own identity.


The Family Court most commonly deals with issues relating to the welfare of children. It also deals with issues relating to births, deaths, marriage, and mental health. The usual course of action from the Family Court is to facilitate the parties involved to solve issues themselves through counselling, conciliation and mediation.[1]


The Family Court deals with applications under the following legislation:

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Quick facts". Family Court of New Zealand. Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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