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.
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Protocols for how courts will operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 1 are on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link)
Read the Chief Justice's media statement dated 6 October 2020 regarding arrangements for Courts of New Zealand [PDF, 405KB](external link)
We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Everyone attending court is encouraged to wear masks in public areas in in courthouses. Where practicable, courts will continue physical distancing in courtrooms and jury retiring rooms. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.
For a copy of the Factsheet for Health and Safety measures during COVID-19 Alert Level 1, go to our COVID-19 Information page.
Every year, thousands of New Zealanders give their time to serve on juries. Jury service is an important way you contribute to your country and your local community. Jurors help make sure the justice system is fair for all New Zealanders.
Most people on the New Zealand electoral roll can be randomly selected for jury service. You can be selected (or summoned) for jury service every 2 years.
If you’re summoned, you’ll get a letter that tells you to come to court for jury service. The letter will tell you the dates, times and court you should come to, along with a form you’ll need to send back to the court.
Find out what to expect when you get to court and what happens during and after a trial.
Find out what to do if you can’t do jury service.
Find the forms you need to respond to your jury summons or to ask the court to pay some of the costs of attending jury service.
Find out what you get paid when you take part in jury service, and what expenses you can ask the court to pay for.
Find out what you need to know if one of your staff has been summoned for jury service.
Find out who can’t serve on a jury.
If you're a juror, you can come here to check if your services will be required today or tomorrow.
Disabilities are not necessarily a barrier to serving on a jury. Contact us ahead of time so we can arrange for support.
Members of the public have advised the Ministry of Justice that they have received suspicious emails in relation to Juror service. The emails ask customers to click a link to read and accept a Jury summons.
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