Information and announcements for the legal profession from judiciary can be found on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link).
The Chief District Court Judge has issued a practice note setting out the process for appeals to a public health order issued under section 11 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020. The Practice Note containing the filing address and the Notice of Appeal Form are available here:
UPDATE 8 October: Courts and tribunals are operating differently at the moment. Please do not come to the courthouse if you are feeling unwell. Contact 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) if you cannot enter the courthouse or are not sure whether to attend.
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Protocols for how courts will operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 1 are on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link).
Read the Chief Justice's media statement dated 6 October 2020 regarding arrangements for Courts of New Zealand(external link)
We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Everyone attending court is encouraged to wear masks in public areas in in courthouses. Where practicable, courts will continue physical distancing in courtrooms and jury retiring rooms. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.
For a copy of the Factsheet for Health and Safety measures during COVID-19 Alert Level 1, go to our COVID-19 Information page.
Information about service delivery and operational requirements at each COVID-19 alert level can be found on our COVID-19 information page.
Information on legal aid services response to COVID-19 can be found on What's new for legal aid lawyers.
Special sittings and admission ceremonies may have been affected. If you planned to attend any of these, please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) to confirm what arrangements are being made.
Information on all court sittings or any special arrangements that may be necessary will be updated on our website or the Courts of New Zealand website: