Christchurch earthquake claims still pouring in to High Court

The Press, 5 December 2018

More than 550 court cases over Christchurch earthquake insurance disputes are active in the High Court, and new cases are continuing to pour in. 

The Christchurch Earthquake List was set up in May 2012 to deal with quake-related cases more swiftly than the regular High Court process. As of September 30, 1279 cases had been filed to the list. 

Numbers could continue to grow as more people filed cases about defective repairs, which were ‘quite tricky’ as EQC and a private insurer were involved, so a judgment was needed to clarify who was liable
— Peter Woods, a partner at law firm Anthony Harper

An annual report on how the list is performing, by chief High Court Justice Geoffrey Venning, found a pattern of high numbers of filings has continued from 2016 to 2018. 

There were 253 new cases filed in the year ending September 30, 2018. This was down from 271 in 2017 and 316 in 2016. 

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Simon Darby