During the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, the Human Rights Review Tribunal will be closed.

Any hearings that had been set down during the period of the lockdown have been adjourned. You will be contacted with new dates in the future, once the lockdown has been lifted.

The Tribunal is unable to process any new or existing applications during this period of lockdown, however you may wish to submit new information to the email address on the website.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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


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

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.

COVID-19 protocol

  1. At 1:40pm on Monday 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced that, with immediate effect, New Zealand had moved to Level 3 on the COVID-19 table and in the following 48 hours, would move to Level 4 for a period of 4 weeks. By 11:59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020 New Zealand would be in complete lockdown.
  2. At Level 4 measures include a requirement that people stay at home, businesses are closed except for essential services, travel is severely limited and educational facilities closed.
  3. As a consequence of this announcement, and with immediate effect, the Tribunal has adjourned all hearings scheduled for March, April and May 2020.
  4. Hearings will be rescheduled once the alert level has been reduced and once circumstances otherwise permit.
  5. [Update 31 March 2020] Given the unprecedented disruption caused by the Level 4 alert and the fact that the ability of parties and their representatives to comply with timetable directions may be severely compromised due to circumstances beyond their control, the Chairperson has determined the interests of justice require the interim suspension of all case management directions until circumstances otherwise permit. Where, however, the parties mutually agree to adhere to such directions, they are free to do so.

Rodger Haines ONZM QC
Chairperson Human Rights Review Tribunal
24 and 31 March 2020

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