The Courts

The Courts preside over the ACC appeal process.

The first part of the appeal is the Review. The Reviewer looks at the claim afresh and puts aside the polices and procedures of ACC

Either side can appeal to the District Court. The Court looks at all the evidence and makes a decision. 

Either side can appeal to the High Court (with the leave of the District Court) on a question of law.

Either side can appeal to the Court of Appeal (with the leave of the High Court) on a question of law.

The Accident Compensation Act 2001 Sections 133 to 164 apply. 

The Courts make decisions and rulings. A ruling from the High Court out weighs a ruling from the District Court. The Court of Appeal is the highest Court a claimant or ACC can go to and it out weighs the High Court. 

The appeal process does not have any interest in ACC policy or procedure. Only the Medical evidence will count. The Courts will have no inclination to hear about how bad ACC is so there is no profit in going down that path for you as a Claimant. 

The Supreme Court hears appeals regarding judicial review arguments which are separate from the appeal process contained within the ACC legislation.