Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but will operate differently. All matters that are not 'priority proceedings' will be adjourned (put on hold) for 48 hours across all courts, including jury trials.
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.
Please refer to the latest media statement from the Chief Justice for more details:
Please also refer to Courts of NZ website for further updates and specific court protocols:
Courts of New Zealand - court protocols(external link)
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.
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 when it becomes available from the top of our COVID-19 information page.
For more information for court users, see:
Information for all court and tribunal users
You can contact us using the details in the letter you were sent. Your letter will also say which court you need to go to.
You can also call us if you need help:
Phone: 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787)