UPDATE 22 September 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3. The remainder of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Alert Level 2.
For family-related guidance during COVID-19, please refer to our Information for families and whānau page.
Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but are operating differently.
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. Find contact details for a court or tribunal.
Health and Safety
We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff.
Entry to court buildings is restricted during heightened alert levels. For those permitted in court buildings, please wear a mask, wash/sanitise your hands, and maintain social distancing.
Everyone entering the court is required to sign in. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and use mobile devices to scan the COVID-19 QR code at the main entrance of a courthouse, or use the manual contact tracing register.
Follow the link above to court protocols for information applicable to your region.
There is more information in our health and safety factsheets available from the top of our COVID-19 hub page.
For more information for court users, see: Information for all court and tribunal users.
Get information about family issues, and other times when you need help.
A break up can be hard to navigate and everyone’s journey will be different. The relationship break up tool can help you find the information that is most important to you.
Get help to separate or divorce when your marriage, civil union or de facto relationship ends.
Information on making arrangements for the care of your children and how the Family Court can help you sort out arrangements.
Find out how the Family Court and other services can help you resolve problems.
Information on how to get help and/or legal protection from the Family Court if you're in, or have been in, a family or close personal relationship with a person being violent.
Get help to make agreements about relationship property and assets at any time during your relationship, or when the relationship ends or the other partner dies.
Find out the reasons you can challenge a will and how to do it in Family Court.
How to change the sex on your birth certificate.
How you can help people who may not be fully able to make decisions for themselves, including information on enduring power of attorney, welfare guardians, property managers and Personal Orders.
The court can order treatment for mental health issues, alcohol and substance abuse or other addiction issues.
Resources for lawyers and service providers, including without notice applications, mediation and parenting courses.
The Family Court can make an order to restrict a person from starting or continuing to bring civil cases which are unwarranted or meritless.
If you’re aged 16 or 17 and want to marry, or be in a civil union or de facto relationship with someone, you’ll need the consent of a Family Court judge.
Find out how to contact or find a Family Court.
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