IMPORTANT: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, some courts will be closed or operating with limited capacity. Please check the list below or call 0800 COURTS if you have any questions.


Limitations on members of the public entering courthouses during COVID-19 alert level 4


Public access to courts is being limited for safety reasons. You can only enter the District Court or High Court for criminal proceedings if you are required to be there for business of the court.

Witnesses, complainants, supporters and members of the public cannot enter the courthouse without advance permission of the presiding judge. To get permission to attend proceedings in person, please contact 0800 COURTS. This request cannot be made in person as all counters at the courts are now closed to the public.

If you need to attend court for priority family court proceeding or civil proceedings, please call 0800 268787 for assistance.

We will accept Police bail including those whose bail date has expired. Expect more detail on this.


Below is a list of our court locations with details on opening hours during the COVID-19 situation. We are regularly updating this list so please check back each day. Any further questions, please call 0800 COURTS.

Friday 27 March 2020

Alexandra District Court Closed
Ashburton District Court Closed
Auckland Court of Appeal Closed
Auckland District Court (Civil & Family) Restricted access
Auckland District Court (Criminal) Restricted access
Auckland High Court Restricted access
Blenheim High/District Court Restricted access
Chatham Islands District Court
(Hearing Court)
Christchurch High Courts Restricted access
Christchurch District Courts Restricted access
Dannevirke District Court Closed
Dargaville District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Dunedin High/District Court Restricted access
Gisborne High/District Court TBC
Gisborne Maori Land Court Restricted access
Gore District Court Restricted access
Greymouth High/District Court Restricted access
Hamilton District Court Restricted access
Hamilton High Court Closed
Hamilton Maori Land Court Closed
Hastings District Court Restricted access
Hastings Maori Land Court Closed
Hawera District Court Closed
Huntly District Court Restricted access
Hutt Valley District Court Restricted access
Invercargill High/District Court TBC
Kaikohe District Court Restricted access
Kaikoura District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Kaitaia District Court Restricted access
Levin District Court Closed
Manukau District Court Restricted access
Marton District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Masterton High/District Court Restricted access
Morrinsville District Court Restricted access
Napier High/District Court Restricted access
Nelson High/District Court Restricted access
New Plymouth High/District Court Restricted access
North Shore District Court  Closed
Oamaru District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Ohakune District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Opotiki District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Palmerston North High/District Court Restricted access
Papakura District Court Closed
Porirua District Court Restricted access
Pukekohe District Court Closed
Queenstown District Court Restricted access
Rotorua High/District Court Restricted access
Rotorua Maori Land Court Closed
Ruatoria District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Supreme Court Closed
Taihape District Court Closed
Taumarunui District Court Closed
Taupo District Court Closed
Tauranga High/District Court Restricted access
Te Awamutu District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Te Kuiti District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Thames District Court Restricted access
Timaru High/District Court Restricted access
Tokoroa District Court Restricted access
Waihi District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Waipukurau District Court (Hearing Court) Closed
Wairoa District Court Closed
Waitakere District Court Restricted access
Wanganui High/District Court Restricted access
Wellington Court of Appeal  Closed
Wellington District Court Restricted access
Wellington High Court Closed
Westport District Court Restricted access
Whakatane District Court Restricted access
Whanganui Maori Land Court Closed
Whangarei High/District Court Restricted access
Whangarei Maori Land Court Closed
Abortion Supervisory Committee Closed
Accident Compensation Appeal Authority Closed
Alcohol and Regulatory Licensing Authority Closed
Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Closed
Copyright Tribunal Closed
Criminal Justice Assistance Reimbursement Scheme Closed
Customs Appeal Authority Closed
Disputes Tribunal Closed
Human Rights Review Tribunal Closed
Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal Closed
Immigration and Protection Tribunal Closed
International Education Appeal Authority Closed
Land Valuation Tribunals Closed
Lawyers & Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal Closed
Legal Aid Tribunal Closed
Legal Complaints Review Officer Closed
Licensing Authority of Secondhand Dealers and Pawnbrokers Closed
Motor Vehicle Disputes Tribunal Closed
Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority Closed
Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal Closed
Review Authority Closed
Social Security Appeal Authority Closed
Student Allowance Appeal Authority Closed
Taxation Review Authority Closed
Tenancy Tribunal Closed
Trans-Tasman Occupations Tribunal Closed
Victims' Special Claims Tribunal Closed
Waitangi Tribunal Closed
Weathertight Homes Tribunal Closed

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