District law societies ceased to be statutory bodies on 31 January 2009. With the exception of Auckland, the former districts have transferred their assets and liabilities to the NZLS, as agreed in the memorandum of understanding signed by all districts in 2007. In 2008, however, the Auckland District Law Society voted to incorporate as an independent voluntary society from 1 February 2009.
As required under the NZLS Constitution, branches now operate in all former districts, including Auckland. Every person who was a member of a district law society (ie, all current lawyers unless they have actually opted out of membership) continues, by virtue of s386 of the LCA, to be a member of the New Zealand Law Society and of their local branch.
Albany, Avondale, Browns Bay, Coromandel, Dargaville, Devonport, East Coast Bays, Ellerslie, Glenfield, Greenlane, Helensville, Henderson, Howick, Kaeo, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kawakawa, Kerikeri, Kohukohu, Kumeu, Mangonui, Manukau City, Manurewa, Maungaturoto, Milford, Mt Roskill, New Lynn, New Market, Onehunga, Orewa, Otahuhu, Otara, Panmure, Paihia, Pakuranga, Papakura, Paparoa, Papatoetoe, Parnell, Ponsonby, Pukekohe, Ruawai, Silverdale, Tairua, Takapuna, Tuakau, Thames, Waiheki Island, Waiuku, Warkworth, Wellsford, Whangamata, Whangaparaoa, Whangarei, Whitianga
Ashburton, Christchurch, Darfield, Geraldine, Kaiapoi, Leeston , Lincoln, Lyttelton, Methven, Papanui, Rangiora, Temuka, Timaru, Waimate
Gisborne, Ruatoria, Wairoa
Dannevirke, Hastings, Havelock North, Napier, Tamatea, Taradale, Waipawa, Waipukurau
Feilding, Foxton, Levin, Pahiatua, Palmerston North, Shannon, Woodville
Blenheim, Kaikoura, Picton
Collingwood, Motueka, Murchison, Nelson, Richmond, Takaka
Alexandra, Balclutha, Cromwell, Dunedin, Heriot, Kurow, Lawrence, Milton, Mosgiel, Oamaru, Otematata, Palmerston, Port Chalmers, Queenstown, Ranfurly, Roxburgh, Twizel, Waikouaiti, Wanaka
Gore, Invercargill, Mataura, Otautau, Riverton, Tapanui, Te Anau, Tuatapere, Winton, Wyndham
Eltham, Hawera, Inglewood, Kaponga, Manaia, New Plymouth, Opunake, Patea, Stratford, Waitara
Bulls, Hunterville, Marton, Ohakune, Raetihi, Taihape, Whanganui, Waverley
Hamilton, Cambridge, Edgecumbe, Huntly, Katikati, Kawerau, Matamata, Morrinsville, Mt Maunganui, Murupara, Ngaruawahia, Opotiki, Otorohanga, Paeroa, Putaruru, Raglan, Rotorua, Taneatua, Taumarunui, Taupo, Tauranga, Te Aroha, Te Awamutu, Te Kauwhata, Te Kuiti, Te Puke, Tirau, Tokoroa, Turangi, Waihi, Whakatane
Carterton, Eketahuna, Featherston, Greytown, Lower Hutt, Martinborough, Masterton, Otaki, Paraparaumu, Petone, Porirua, Raumati, Upper Hutt, Waikanae, Wainuiomata, Wellington
Greymouth, Hokitika, Reefton, Westport