COVID-19: Information for lawyers and service providers

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.

For more information for court users, see: Information for all court and tribunal users.

COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020

The Chief District Court Judge has issued a practice note setting out the process for appeals to a public health order issued under section 11 of the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act 2020. The Practice Note containing the filing address and the Notice of Appeal Form are available here:

Practice Note - COVID-19 Public Health Response Act(external link)

Notice of Appeal Form [PDF, 164 KB] 

Information for service providers

What do the COVID-19 Alert Levels mean for the delivery of justice funded services?

Information about service delivery and operational requirements at each COVID-19 alert level can be found on our COVID-19 information page.

Information on justice services and programmes

Legal Aid Services

Information on legal aid services response to COVID-19 can be found on What's new for legal aid lawyers.

Special sittings

Special sittings and admission ceremonies may have been affected. If you planned to attend any of these, please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) to confirm what arrangements are being made.

Information on all court sittings or any special arrangements that may be necessary will be updated on our website or the Courts of New Zealand website:

Courts of New Zealand(external link)