Claims could relate to discrimination, sexual harassment and racial harassment, privacy principles, and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.
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.
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.
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.
As a consequence of this announcement, and with immediate effect, the Tribunal has adjourned all hearings scheduled for March, April and May 2020.
Hearings will be rescheduled once the alert level has been reduced and once circumstances otherwise permit.
Rodger Haines ONZM QC Chairperson Human Rights Review Tribunal 24 March 2020