Court drama and real criminals.

Television New Zealand gained unprecedented access to the Auckland and North Shore district courts for this seven part series.

Using five cameras, Courtroom captures the real drama of the district court.

This groundbreaking series is a first – not just in New Zealand but in all the countries which use the British judicial system.

All those appearing before the judges are filmed. There is no pixilation.

With the use of multiple cameras Courtroom is able to capture all the human moments. Split screens are used so viewers see in real time the judges sentencing people and the person’s reaction at that life changing moment.

It is the first time multiple cameras have been allowed into court.

News coverage of court cases is restricted to one camera.

While most of the series is shot inside the court in many of the cases there are interviews with the “accused” telling how they felt about their sentence.


Promotional Trailer

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Production Details

Director/Producer: David Lomas

Thanks to: Auckland District Court, North Shore District Court

Exec producer: Tony Manson

Network exec: Jane Wilson

Court Reporter: Geraldine Johns

Production Consultant: Jill Graham, Craig Lindsay

Reenactment Director: Robin Shingleton

Script Writer: David Lomas, Geraldine Johns

Offline editor: Craig Lindsay

Online Editor: Kirsten Sudbury

Production manager: Lornelle Henry

Production assistant: Karen Bunting

DOP: Paul Richards

Camera: Clayton Carpenter, Karl Schodt, Mal Williams, David Lomas

Sound Mix: Graham Wallace

Narrator: Simon Dallow

Original Music: Wayne Bell

Production accountant: Liz Goddard

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ