HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW TRIBUNAL COVID-19 PROTOCOL

1. The Tribunal’s Covid-19 protocols are set out below.  The primary considerations that underpin this protocol, and decisions under it, are the interests of justice and the protection of the health and safety of all who participate in Tribunal proceedings.

2. These protocols are in addition to any legal requirements in force at the time of each hearing and any protocols that apply in any building where any particular Tribunal hearing is located.

Filing of documents

3. It is preferred that all documents are  filed in the Tribunal by email. Where email is used, hard copy (four copies) must also be filed if any document is longer than 10 pages.

Hearings

4. The Tribunal will conduct proceedings in person subject to workforce capacity and the requirement to observe requisite physical distancing and heightened hygiene practices. Where practicable and fair, hearings may be conducted remotely to reduce in-person appearances.

5. The following requirements apply to attendance at a Tribunal in-person hearing:

    (a)  A person who has tested positive for COVID-19 may not enter the tribunal building until they have completed 7 days self-isolation and have been symptom-free for 24 hours;

    (b)  A person who is showing signs of illness may be denied entry to the tribunal and/or be required to do a RAT test.

6. Any participant in an in-person Tribunal hearing who has any symptoms of Covid-19 must take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before attending the hearing.

7. The Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson may direct that some or all participants in an in-person hearing must take a RAT before attending a Tribunal hearing, this discretion may be exercised in particular if a hearing is longer than one day or if after discussions with the parties it is considered appropriate.

8. All court attendees present in the hearing room must wear a surgical or N95 or equivalent mask unless directed otherwise by the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson presiding over the hearing.  Counsel and witnesses will be provided with masks if required.

Remote Participation

9. Where appropriate the Tribunal will, either on application or on its own motion, consider remote means of participation by  the parties, their counsel or representatives and their witnesses provided such participation is practicable and fair in all the circumstances.


Sarah Eyre
Chairperson, Human Rights Review Tribunal
Last updated: 13 September 2022

Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT), Te Taraipiunara Mana Tangata

 The Human Rights Review Tribunal hears claims relating to breaches of the:

Before making a claim to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, you must first make a complaint to either:

Claims could relate to discrimination, sexual harassment and racial harassment, privacy principles, and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

Awarding damages

The tribunal can award compensatory damages for losses suffered. Awards are typically for injury to feelings, humiliation and loss of dignity.

There is a $350,000 limit on the money the tribunal may award. This is the same as the District Court.

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