Latest COVID-19 updates

IMPORTANT: All the key information relating to our Ministry's response to COVID-19 is in our COVID-19 information hub


This page was last updated on 28 February 2021 at 1.49 pm.

Latest updates on our website relating to the Ministry's response to COVID-19 are listed below:

28 February 2021

  • The Chief Justice released a media statement(external link) regarding the move to COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 2
  • Health and Safety factsheets for COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 2 have been added to the top of our main COVID-19 Hub page
  • Auckland has moved into COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 2, for a period of 7 days

27 February 2021

  • The Prime Minister announced that from midnight tonight, Auckland will be moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand will move to Alert Level 2. Please keep an eye out for updated court protocols on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link)

22 February 2021

  • The Prime Minister announced that from midnight tonight, all of New Zealand will be moving to COVID-19 Alert Level 1. Please keep an eye out for updated court protocols on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link)

18 February 2021

  • Health and Safety factsheets for COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and Alert Level 1 have been added to the top of our main COVID-19 Hub page

17 February 2021

14 February 2021

7 January 2021

6 January 2021

  • Hamilton District and High Courts were closed today as a precautionary measure after a person awaiting the outcome of a COVID-19 test attended court. That person later tested negative, but both courts will undergo a deep clean tonight before re-opening to the public tomorrow.

16 November 2020

  • The Factsheet for Health and Safety Measures During COVID-19 Alert Level 1 has been updated.

12 November 2020

  • Central Auckland (CBD) is operating in a heightened health and safety environment. All courts remain open. Please see our COVID news story for further information.

25 September 2020

21 September 2020

7 September 2020

4 September 2020

  • COVID-19 information page and related court pages updated regarding jury trials in the Auckland region resuming 7 September 2020

3 September 2020

  • Factsheet about health and safety in the courts has been updated

2 September 2020

  • Factsheet about health and safety in the courts has been updated. 

1 September 2020

31 August 2020

28 August 2020

27 August 2020

26 August 2020

25 August 2020

24 August 2020

21 August 2020

20 August 2020

19 August 2020

  • News Story - Between Monday 24 August - Thursday 27 August 2020, public access to the Christchurch Law Courts will be limited. These include all Christchurch Courts held at the Justice & Emergency Services Precinct.

18 August 2020

17 August 2020

16 August 2020

15 August 2020

14 August 2020

13 August 2020

  • The Chief Justice issued a statement(external link) announcing that jury trials in the Auckland region are still suspended until Monday 17 August, but jury trials throughout the rest of the country will resume today, 13 August.

12 August 2020

29 July 2020

10 June 2020

 4 June 2020

25 May 2020

22 May 2020

19 May 2020

18 May 2020

17 May 2020

15 May 2020

14 May 2020

12 May 2020

8 May 2020

  • A factsheet about health and safety measures that are in place in the courts for Alert Level 3 has been published

7 May 2020

6 May 2020

5 May 2020

  • Access to court locations updated with the latest status of all courts, including how to file documents at each location 
  • FAQs for Youth Court Professionals on COVID-19 Alert Level 3 published on the Youth Court page

29 April 2020

28 April 2020

27 April 2020

Information about how various tribunals will operate in COVID-19 Alert Level 3 was published:

24 April 2020

23 April 2020

22 April 2020

21 April 2020

20 April 2020

17 April 2020

15 April 2020

14 April 2020

 9 April 2020

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/jury-service

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/jury-service/check-if-you-need-to-attend-jury-service-today-or-tomorrow

https://www.justice.govt.nz/contact-us

https://www.justice.govt.nz/covid-19-information

https://www.justice.govt.nz/covid-19-information/about-courts-and-tribunals

https://www.justice.govt.nz/covid-19-information/information-for-families-and-whanau

https://www.justice.govt.nz/covid-19-information/information-for-all-court-users

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/going-to-court/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/civil/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/criminal/

https://www.youthcourt.govt.nz/home-2/(external link)

https://www.justice.govt.nz/family/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/high-court/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/court-of-appeal/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/supreme-court/

https://www.justice.govt.nz/courts/criminal/therapeutic-courts

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