We care about your wellbeing and the health of the wider community.
Please don't attend court if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing.
If you've been told to attend court, but have cold or flu-like symptoms, please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) to talk to our team about your court appearance.
Last updated 3 August at 12.05pm
New protocols for how courts and tribunals will operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 1 are available on the Courts of NZ website.
All courts and tribunals are open. All counters are now open.
The courts are safe for participants during COVID-19 Alert Level 1. Hygiene and cleaning standards will be maintained. More information is available in our factsheet:
Courts and tribunals have QR codes available for contact tracing.
Standard filing procedures apply in the District Court. For filing and serving documents in the High Court and Court of Appeal, please refer to the court protocols on the Courts of New Zealand website.
Cases that were administratively adjourned during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, 3 and 2 will be reviewed and prioritised for rescheduling.
Supporters no longer require permission to attend in Alert Level 1.
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.
Lawyers and Community Law Centres can provide legal advice during COVID-19 Alert Level 1. They will do this following 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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