Supreme Court to convene in Christchurch this month

This is the fourth time the Supreme Court will be holding sessions outside of Wellington

Supreme Court to convene in Christchurch this month

The Supreme Court is set to hold sessions in the Christchurch High Court on 11 and 12 March.

According to Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann, this marks the fourth instance of the Supreme Court convening outside its primary Wellington base since the commencement of its programme to conduct hearings in other locations in 2022.

Sessions will be held in Courtroom 12 of the Christchurch High Court. The court will hear the case of Philip William Routhan and Julie Veronica Routhan as Trustees of the Kaniere Family Trust v PGG Wrightson Real Estate Limited; the case concerns the accurate assessment of damages in a claim against a real estate agent for negligent misrepresentation regarding the production capabilities of a dairy farm, as well as the application of the so-called SAAMCO damages principle.

"Accessible justice matters to everyone. The opportunity to see the Supreme Court in action and hear the arguments as they are made, helps promote a better understanding of the role that the courts play in our society, and in particular the role the Supreme Court plays in hearing cases of public importance", Winkelmann said.

Before the hearing, the Courts of New Zealand website will provide livestream details.

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