Fast-tracking Christchurch Earthquake claims from 1 Feb


A welcome practice note was issued just prior to Xmas by Chief District Court Judge Jan-Marie Doogue.

The “practice note” can be viewed here for those interested in the details.

In essence, from 1 February 2012 Christchurch earthquake related claims will be given priority and additional court resources – staff, judges and courtrooms – allocated to them to achieve this.

The idea is to get an initial short trial no later than twenty working days after filing, or a judicial settlement conference case within twenty working days and the substantive hearing within fifty working days after filing.

Fifty working days for a full defended court hearing may still seem like  long time to lay-people, but it is a lot quicker than normal court processes.  The Chief District Court Judge and her staff are to be commended for the effort, assuming it bears fruit as intended.

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About Ivan McIntosh

I am a partner of Carter Atmore Law...residing in City Road just off the busy thoroughfare of Symonds Street, Auckland, New Zealand....where we are specialist business & property development lawyers, working for both local and international clients. Proud husband to Joanna, and dad to two sons. Passionate rugby supporter. Email: imcintosh@calaw.co.nz Ph: 64 9 921 5026
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