The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]
The New Plymouth Supreme Court, District Court, and Magistrate's Court
The New Plymouth Supreme Court, District Court, and Magistrate's Court is situated at the corner of Robe Street and Powderham Street, New Plymouth. The building is of wood and iron, and contains complete accommodation for the various sittings of the Supreme Court, District Court, and Magistrate's Court, as well as for the Supreme Court library. Three sittings of the Supreme Court are held in the year, the District Court sits quarterly, and there are weekly sittings of the Magistrate's Court in civil and criminal jurisdiction. The Stipendiary Magistrate, Mr. Thomas Hutchinson, also acts as Registrar of the Supreme Court. Mr. W. A. D. Banks, clerk of the Magistrate's Court, is Sheriff and Deputy-Registrar; Mr. J. S. Pipe is bailiff, and there are two other officers acting under the Clerk of the Court.