Industrial Action Statement

The Ministry of Justice - Te Tāhū o te Ture says planning is underway to deal with the impact of industrial action on the running of the country’s courts and tribunals.

The Public Service Association has notified the Ministry of Justice that work to rule industrial action will take place from 4pm, today Friday 11 November, through until Monday 19 December.

Under work to rule, union members may choose to follow standardised start and finish times, and morning and afternoon break and lunch times.

Ministry of Justice Chief Operating Officer Carl Crafar said: “The industrial action will affect all courts and tribunals to varying degrees. We are liaising with the judiciary on how we can continue to deliver justice services during the industrial action. We need to balance this with maintaining safe public access to our buildings.

“We appreciate this action will have a significant impact on court participants, including victims, defendants and their families, and jurors. We regret any inconvenience and want to thank court participants in advance for their patience as we work towards a resolution.”

The Ministry’s Contact Centre 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) will continue to operate. However, members of the public should be aware that there may be delays in answering calls and receiving responses to calls placed to offices.

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