No word on new court

20:58, Dec 05 2012

There are no plans to rebuild the Kaikoura courthouse in the next few years, the Justice Ministry says.

Despite fears the court could be closed entirely, ministry district courts general manager Tony Fisher said there had been no discussion at the ministry about closing the court.

But rebuilding the courthouse, which was destroyed by arson in 2010, was not a priority for the ministry and it had not been discussed with the minister, he said. The ministry was focused on rebuilding or renovating the busier Christchurch, Dunedin and Masterton courts, he said.

The Kaikoura court had been run as part of Rangiora District Court until April, when the Blenheim court took over.

Court sittings are held in the Kaikoura Memorial Hall.

During the last financial year, the court heard 141 new cases and resolved 148. Only the Chatham Islands and Whataroa district courts heard fewer cases.

During last fiscal year, it cost $394,647 to run the Rangiora and Kaikoura district courts, and $1,198,566 for Blenheim.