During all Alert Levels of COVID-19, New Zealand’s busiest court, the District Court, continued to operate as an essential service. It conducted priority proceedings in the criminal, family and civil jurisdictions as it had during Alert Levels 2, 3 and 4. As outlined in the judicial protocols, the Court aimed to undertake as much work as possible within the significant restraints imposed by COVID-19. Jury trials remained suspended during this period.

Compared to COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4, during Alert Level 2, more court events were completed and the number of non-jury trial active cases within the District Court reduced. The number of active cases has since returned to pre-COVID levels.

COVID-19 District Court Alert Level data

Alert Level 2 data: 14 May-8 June 2020

This summary details what happened in the District Court (including the Family Court) during COVID-19 Alert Level 2 (since Alert Level 3).

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 in the District Court data summary [PDF, 287 KB]

Alert Level 3 data: 28 April-13 May 2020

This summary details what happened in the District Court (including the Family Court) during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 (since Alert Level 4).

COVID-19 Alert Level 3 in the District Court data summary [PDF, 335 KB]

Alert Level 4 data: 26 March-27 April 2020

This summary details what happened in the District Court (including the Family Court) during COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

COVID-19 Alert Level 4 in the District Court data summary [PDF, 439 KB]

Media Release: COVID-19 Alert Level 4 in the District Court data summary

Notes:

The Alert Level data was extracted from a live dataset used for operational purposes; it may differ to data extracted on a different date. For a full, up-to-date picture of the impact of COVID-19 on court operations, this summary should be read in conjunction with the below documents and their data summaries.

Each Alert Level summary includes court events that were completed, adjourned or rescheduled (in the criminal, civil and family jurisdictions), new and disposed cases, active workload, charges filed (including for breaches of COIVD restrictions and for family violence-related offences), applications filed in the Family Court (including for Protection and Parenting Orders) and 0800 COURTS phone calls.