Courts returning to city centre in Christchurch

10:05 am on 1 June 2013

All District Court services in Christchurch are to resume operating under one roof next week, for the first time since the earthquake in February 2011.

The Durham Street court building was damaged in the quake and some sessions began operating out of the Nga Hau e Wha Marae two months later.

During the marae's two years as a temporary court, it dealt with more than 45,000 cases.

The Ministry of Justice says says repairs to the court building are now complete and the marae ended its time as a court venue on Friday.

Precinct development manager Murray Smith said the ministry is the first Government agency to return to the central city since the earthquakes.