Labour would create Earthquake Court for Christchurch

This morning’s announcements by Labour leader David Cunliffe included the promise of an Earthquake Court under a Labour-led government. Read the announcement here.

The specialist court would be designed to speed up insurances claims for Cantabrians and help reduce the pressure on the court system caused by earthquake damage claims. It is proposed that it would deal with insurance claims of up to $1 million and would be a special division of the Christchurch District Court . All costs, including lawyers’ costs and witness fees, would be paid by the Crown, with the Crown recouping a proportion of the award if the case is successful.  

The announcements also included a position on the responsibility of the EQC in relation to flood mitigation and prevention work. Cunliffe stated his party would amend the law as necessary to make sure that the government, through EQC, was helping share the costs of flood damage.

This is the first announcement in the party’s Canterbury policy with more to follow.

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