Employment Court

E nga mana,
E nga reo,
E nga waka,
E nga hau e wha o te motu,
Nau mai, piki mai, haere mai,
Haere mai ki te Koti Take a mahi

The Employment Court registries are closed from 3 pm on 24 December 2015 to 8 am on 5 January 2016.
Advice for parties who wish to file a challenge to the Employment Relations Authority determinations:
Any challenge to a determination of the Employment Relations Authority must be filed within 28 days from the date of determination.  Please note that you need to include in your calculation all weekends and public holidays.  If the last date for filing a challenge falls in between 3 pm on 24 December 2015 and 5 January 2016 the challenge should be filed on 5 January 2016.
Advice for urgent applications:
From 3 pm on 24 December 2015 to 5 January 2016 please contact Mima Bobot on 027 295 6673, or Joseph Buckton on 021 946 790. 
From 5 January 2016 please contact the appropriate registry office number on 09 916 6359 (Auckland) or 04 495 8465 (Wellington/Christchurch).
The Employment Court has issued two new Practice Directions which are now posted on the “Practice directions, legislation and rules” page.  They relate to Guideline Scale for costs and Communications with the Court.

This website explains many of the things you might want to know if you are coming to the Employment Court, or if you are just wondering how the court works.

The Employment Court hears and determines cases relating to employment disputes. These include challenges to determinations of the Employment Relations Authority, questions of interpretation of law, and disputes over strikes and lockouts.

About the court 

Information about the kinds of cases the court hears, the history of the court, and the judges.

How the court works

Information to guide you through the court's processes, from starting proceedings right through to what happens after a judgment is made.

Forms and fees

Templates that you can download.


Judgments since 2006 are collected here, as well as information about how to access earlier judgments.

Information and guidance

Information about representing yourself, getting legal help, and accessing court documents, as well as information for the media.

Legislation, rules and practice notes

Relevant laws relating to employment issues and the rules that govern how the court operates.


Contact details for our two offices in Auckland and Wellington.

Related links

Other useful sites to do with employment law and the courts.

This site does not contain legal advice. The information given does not necessarily apply to every case, and is subject to the relevant provisions in the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Employment Court Regulations 2000, and practice directions issued by the Judges. Some of these sources are referred to on this website. If you want to know more about your employment rights or have an employment relationship problem please go to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.