Story: Judicial system

Letters patent, 1840

The first courts in New Zealand were established under the authority of Queen Victoria in the letters patent of 1840. This document gave the governor power to appoint judges.

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How to cite this page:

Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, 'Judicial system - History of the courts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/33959/letters-patent-1840 (accessed 10 December 2019)

Story by Philip A. Joseph and Thomas Joseph, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 11 Oct 2016