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Court office hours over Christmas & New Year 2014/15

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Urgent Family Court applications

Family Courts will provide a national service for urgent applications over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. As per last year, urgent applications will all be dealt with via the National eDuty platform. Court staff and duty judges have been allocated to deal with applications on the following days:

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
29 Dec 30 Dec 31 Dec        
5 Jan 6 Jan 7 Jan 8 Jan 9 Jan    

All urgent Family Court applications are required to be submitted to the registry by 2.00pm on the days above in order for them to be processed. Any applications received after that time will be considered the following day.

Arrest courts

The District Court rules allow for arrest courts to be held over the Christmas and New Year holiday period as required. Arrangements will be made locally by individual courts to process arrests over the holiday period. All courts have emergency contacts available.

Normal operating procedures for all matters in all courts will resume from Monday 12 January 2015.

Urgent High Court applications

For urgent High Court applications please ring the main phone number for the relevant court. The court contact person will make arrangements for a duty registrar.

Please note that only the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch High Court registries will deal with urgent High Court applications over the Christmas – New Year period.

The contact numbers for urgent applications in the High Courts are:

  • Auckland High Court – 04 916 9600
  • Wellington High Court – 04 914 3600
  • Christchurch High Court – 0800 268 787

Urgent Employment Court applications

From 3 pm on 24 December 2014 to 5 January 2014 please contact Mima Bobot on 027 295 6673, or Joseph Buckton on 021 946 790.

From 5 January 2015 please contact the appropriate registry office number on 09 916 6359 (Auckland) or 04 495 8465 (Wellington/Christchurch).

Courts holiday dates 2014 - 2015

Supreme Court

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

Court of Appeal

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

High Court

Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Invercargill, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington, Whanganui, Whangarei

  • Close: 5pm, Tuesday 23 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

District Courts

Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dannevirke, Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Hastings, Hutt Valley, Invercargill, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Levin, Manukau, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, North Shore, Palmerston North, Papakura, Porirua, Pukekohe, Queenstown, Rotorua, Taupo, Tauranga, Thames, Timaru, Tokoroa, Waitakere, Wellington, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

Alexandra, Ashburton, Chatham Islands, Dargaville, Gore, Hawera, Huntly, Kaikoura, Marton, Morrinsville, Oamaru, Ohakune, Opotiki, Ruatoria, Taihape, Taumarunui, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Waihi, Waipukurau, Wairoa, Westport

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 12 January

Special Jurisdictions

All Employment and Environment Courts

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

Māori Land Courts

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

Coronial Services

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January

The National Initial Investigation Office (NIIO) will remain open 24 hours a day.

Tribunals Unit

  • Close: 3pm, Wednesday 24 December
  • Open: 9am, Monday 5 January