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UPDATE 13 September 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4. The remainder of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Delta Alert Level 2.
Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but are operating differently.
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.
Health and Safety
Entry to court buildings is restricted during heightened alert levels. For those permitted in court buildings, please wear a mask or face covering, wash/sanitise your hands, and maintain social distancing.
Everyone entering the court is required to sign in. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app(external link) and use mobile devices to scan the COVID-19 QR code at the main entrance of a courthouse, or use the manual contact tracing register.
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.
There is more information in our health and safety factsheets available from the top of our COVID-19 hub page.
For more information for court users, see: Information for all court and tribunal users.
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Your first step should be to try to sort out the problem without going to court. This reduces the cost, saves time and avoids extra stress.
Cases are brought to the civil court by individuals or organisations and sometimes local or central government to help settle a dispute. Civil law cases are generally not about breaking a criminal law. Civil cases can include disputes over business contracts or debts, or disputes between neighbours, or debt recovery.
Most cases start when a statement of claim is filed. Find out more about the process for cases brought to the civil court.
The forms and fees required for civil cases.
New Zealand and Australia have an agreement to help make resolving civil disputes simpler, cheaper and more efficient when one party lives in the other country.
You can apply for a Restraining Order if you are being harassed by another person.
You can apply for a Non-Contact Order if you were the victim of a violent offence where the offender was sent to prison for more than 2 years and you don’t want them to contact you once they’re released.
Cyberbullying and other modern forms of harassment and intimidation can have a devastating impact on people, especially children and teenagers. Find out more about what you and the court can do.
The High and District Courts can make an order to restrict a person from starting or continuing to bring civil cases which are unwarranted or meritless.
Control Orders allow for restrictions to be placed on an individual in the community.
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