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Court office hours over Christmas & New Year 2013/14

Urgent Family Court applications over the holiday period

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

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
        27 Dec    
 30 Dec 31 Dec      3 Jan     
 6 Jan 7 Jan   8 Jan  9 Jan 10 Jan     

Principal Family Court Judge Ryan has directed that 2.00pm is the cut off time for applications to be placed on the eDuty platform each day.  Applications placed on the platform after that time will be considered the following day. 

The date on which each court reopens after the statutory holidays is shown below. Normal operation procedures will return from Monday 13 January 2014.

Arrest Courts

Any decision about holding arrest courts on any of the days over the Christmas and New Year period is one to be made locally by the court manager who is the emergency contact over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.  That decision would have to take into account the Bill of Rights, the urgency of the matter(s) to be dealt with and any other relevant considerations.

The District Court Rules provide that Saturdays, Sundays and all public holidays are "Court holidays".  A Court may sit on a Court holiday if a Judge considers it desirable, but for the Court to sit on a Sunday, Christmas Day, New Year's Day or Good Friday, the Judge must also be of the view that the business to be disposed of is extremely urgent.

Closing and Opening Hours

Northern Region - Central Region - Southern Region - Special Jurisdictions

Northern Region

High Courts

Auckland, Whangarei
Close: 5pm, Monday 23 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

District Courts

Auckland, North Shore, Waitakere, Manukau
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Friday 3 January

Papakura, Pukekohe
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

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Central Region

High Courts

Gisborne, Hamilton, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whanganui
Close: 5pm, Monday 23 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

District Courts

Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Napier, Hastings, Gisborne, New Plymouth, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Masterton
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Friday 3 January

Dargaville, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Huntly, Morrinsville, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Whakatane, Thames, Opotiki, Waihi, Taupo, Tokoroa, Taumaranui, Wairoa, Waipukurau, Levin, Dannevirke
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

Hawera, Taihape, Marton
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 13 January

 

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Southern Region

Supreme Court

Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

Court of Appeal

Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

High Courts

Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Greymouth, Invercargill, Masterton, Nelson, Timaru, Wellington
Close: 5pm, Monday 23 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

District Courts

Wellington, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill, Queenstown
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Friday 3 January

Blenheim, Greymouth, Timaru
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

Chatham Islands, Westport, Kaikoura, Rangiora, Ashburton, Oamaru, Balclutha, Gore, Alexandra
Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 13 January

 

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Special Jurisdictions

All Environment and Employment Courts

Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

Māori Land Courts

Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

Coronial Services

Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

Tribunals

Close: 3pm, Tuesday 24 December
Open: 9am, Monday 6 January

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