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UPDATE 14 April 2022: New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework ('traffic light system') is currently in place. Courts have implemented protocols that guide court operations under all stages of the Framework.

From 11.59pm on Wednesday 13 April 2022, ALL of Aotearoa New Zealand has moved to Orange setting.

Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 restrictions, but may operate differently. Further guidance is available on the Courts of New Zealand website. (external link)

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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Update on Legal Aid Services’ response to COVID-19

Please refer to What’s New for Legal Aid Lawyers for any updates on legal aid polices in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

What’s New for Legal Aid Lawyers  

Health and safety measures

Although the previous entry requirements have been removed, for health and safety reasons there may be limits on the number of people not directly involved in proceedings who can be physically present in courtrooms and court buildings.

Please note that access to a court or tribunal will be denied to anyone:

  • showing signs of illness, or has a body temperature of 38 degrees or higher
  • who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is required to isolate, or who is a household contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
To protect the safety of all court participants and staff, the following health and safety measures can be expected if you are visiting a court or tribunal:

  • All attendees must wear a surgical mask or a KN95 (or equivalent) at all times within the building. Masks will be avaliable at the entry for those who do not have their own mask.
  • Wash/sanitise your hands. Sanitiser is readily available throughout the buildings.
  • Maintain physical distancing.
COVID-19 QR codes and manual contact tracing registers remain available for those who wish to use them.

You can download the latest Health and Safety Factsheet when it becomes available from the top of our COVID-19 information page.

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