COVID-19: Information for lawyers and service providers

Information and announcements for the legal profession from judiciary can be found on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link).

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] 

Health and safety in the courts

UPDATE 8 October: Courts and tribunals are operating differently at the moment. 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

Protocols for how courts will operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 1 are on the Courts of New Zealand website(external link).

Read the Chief Justice's media statement dated 6 October 2020 regarding arrangements for Courts of New Zealand(external link)

Health and safety measures

We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Everyone attending court is encouraged to wear masks in public areas in in courthouses. Where practicable, courts will continue physical distancing in courtrooms and jury retiring rooms. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.

For a copy of the Factsheet for Health and Safety measures during COVID-19 Alert Level 1, go to our COVID-19 Information page.

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)