UPDATE 6 January 2021: Please do not come to a courthouse if you are feeling unwell. Contact 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) if you cannot enter a courthouse or are not sure whether to attend.
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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(external link) and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.
You can always download the latest Health and Safety Factsheet from the top of our COVID-19 information page.
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(external link)
People who are currently held in managed isolation or quarantine and wish to access the District Court in person need to apply for permission from a judge.
You can find the protocols for how tribunals will operate during COVID-19 alert levels on the specific tribunal pages.
Lawyers and Community Law Centres can provide legal advice during COVID-19 restrictions while observing public health measures. Visit Legal Aid Lawyers and New Zealand Law Society to find a list of lawyers.
The decision about whether parties must appear in person or not is made by the presiding judge.
Further questions? Call 0800 COURTS
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