Cases can be accessed two ways:

The Case Database contains all Supreme Court and Court of Appeal decisions which we have been able to locate. At present, the database contains over 4400 cases. The 1840s, 1850s and 1860s have all been completed. In many cases, transcripts of the original source are in the database, although little record remains of some decisions.

The Research Team considers some cases to be sufficiently important to warrant further investigation. These are available in full text with some commentary and are organised by year. As the number of cases presented in this format increases, we will also provide a subject index. The methodology according to which cases have been selected for further investigation can be found under Project Info.

There is now also a section outlining Case Statistics for all three decades.

A number of articles and chapters containing material uncovered by the Lost Cases project have now been been published. A list of this work is available here.


The Banner Image is taken from C.W. Richmond Judge's Notebooks, Vol.1-3, 1864-1873, MSS R532,
J.C. Beaglehole Room, Victoria University of Wellington