UPDATE 4 October 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3. Areas of Waikato, including Hamilton City, are at Alert Level 3. The remainder of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Delta Alert Level 2.
Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but will operate differently.
Please check the Courts of NZ website for the latest court protocols:
Courts of New Zealand - court protocols(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.
Find contact details for a court or tribunal
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 the current Alert Level.
What’s New for Legal Aid Lawyers
Health and safety measures
We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Follow the link above to court protocols for information applicable to your region, including requirements for wearing face coverings.
Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.
You can download the latest Health and Safety Factsheet when it becomes available from the top of our COVID-19 information page.
In this section you can find information about:
Information on how to apply to become a legal aid provider and/or seek approval in a different area of law.
News, updates and information for legal aid lawyers.
This section contains all legal aid and provider forms.
Proceeding steps and fixed fee schedules are used to determine the maximum grant.
The hourly rates are set according to the forum category for the proceedings, the level of provider experience and the fees set for a specific service.
Manuals, operational policies and information packs are available.
The assignment reports show all criminal legal aid assignments made for the period.
The Debt Management Group actions and manages the registration of caveats and Statutory Land Charges.
Includes guidance on applying for approval to be a legal aid provider, audit and monitoring of legal aid providers, complaints and reviewing the performance of legal aid providers.
Information on when and how to update your contact details.
Getting approval as a duty lawyer and being selected for a place on the duty lawyer roster.
Resources for PDLA providers, including information about the operation of the PDLA service and responsibilities of PDLA providers.
Read the operational policy and find out how to provide this service and where to go for help.
The Commissioner has a number of functions which must be carried out independently of the Ministry.
The legal aid payments reports show all payments made to firms for the period.
Information on the AODT Court, relevant forms and operational policy.
Contact information for legal aid lawyers.
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