All new jury trials suspended from Monday 23 March

The Chief Justice has made the decision to suspend all new jury trials from Monday 23 March for two months as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ongoing jury trials will continue as scheduled.

The suspension will be reviewed regularly and may be revised based on any new advice received.

Information for jurors

The Ministry is working quickly to contact all affected court participants, including jurors. If you are a juror who has been summonsed for trials from Monday 23 March, please do NOT come to court. If you have any questions relating to your summons, please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787).

All courts remain open. 

Information for all court users

Any changes to court schedules for Senior Courts will be notified in the Courts Daily Lists.

Senior Courts Daily Lists(external link)

Anyone attending court is advised to follow the advice of the Ministry of Health and;

  • do not come to court if you are unwell,
  • do not come to court if you have been instructed to self-isolate,
  • let court staff know if you become unwell in court,
  • practice coughing and sneezing etiquette,
  • wash your hands thoroughly and regularly with soap.

If you were planning to attend court and are unwell, or you have been instructed to self-isolate, please call the court that you were going to attend to discuss your particular case. Any other questions can be directed to 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787).

If you believe that you or someone else in court has COVID-19, call Healthline immediately on 0800 358 5453.

It is recommended that you stay at a distance from other people if you come to court. You may wish to avoid handshakes, hongi, or sitting closely to others for long periods of time. All courts have hand sanitiser readily available for all to use.

Information for lawyers

Information on all courts about remaining sittings and any special arrangements that may be necessary will be updated on our web site accordingly.

Special sittings and admission ceremonies may be affected. If you intended to attend any of these, please contact the court that the sitting or ceremony was to be held in to confirm what arrangements are being made.

The Chief Justice addressed a letter to lawyers on 13 March 2020 about planning for possible effects of a COVID-19 outbreak on court operations. A copy of this letter is available here:

Letter to legal profession from Chief Justice(external link)

More information

Further questions? Call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787).

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