UPDATE 7 January 2021: 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.
Protocols for how courts will operate during COVID-19 are on the Courts of New Zealand website
Read the Chief Justice's media statement dated 6 October 2020 regarding arrangements for Courts of New Zealand
We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. 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 from the top of our COVID-19 information page.
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How to get legal aid or free community legal help, what to expect at court and information about representing yourself, filing and serving, court fees and hearing schedules.
Civil cases can include disputes over business contracts or debts, or disputes between neighbours, or debt recovery. You can also get a Restraining Order or Non-Contact Order.
The majority of criminal cases go through the District Court. If it's a very serious crime the case could go to the High Court.
The Youth Court deals with criminal offending by children and young people that is too serious to be dealt with by the police in the community.
The Family Court deals with matters like the care of children, divorce and orders to look after people and their property.
Coroners look at when, where, how and why unexpected, violent or suspicious deaths happened, and if anything can be done to prevent similar deaths.
The Employment Court hears and determines cases relating to employment disputes.
The Environment Court largely deals with appeals about the contents of regional and district plans and appeals arising out of applications for resource consents.
The Māori Land Court is a judicial forum where people who own or have an interest in Māori land can interact about the current and future use, ownership, occupation and/or management of Māori land.
The High Court can hear criminal and civil cases, as well as appeals from lower courts or tribunals.
The Court of Appeal deals with appeals from cases heard in the High Court and serious criminal charges heard in District Courts.
The Supreme Court is New Zealand's highest court and our final appeal court. The court hears appeals when they relate to the interests of justice.
Some decisions are published by the judiciary from courts and tribunals. Not all decisions are published.
Resources for lawyers and service providers, including legal aid, Criminal Procedure Act, interpreters, JPs and restorative justice.
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