Between Monday 24 August - Thursday 27 August 2020, public access to the Christchurch Law Courts will be limited to only those who need to be there for court business and their support people. The public counters will be closed during this time, which means the process for filing documents or paying fines will be different.
If you do need to enter the courts for court business, please come to the Tuam Street entrance. Please allow extra time. You’ll be screened by court staff on entry as per usual court protocol.
Please note that entrances to the courts on Tuam and Lichfield Streets will be busy during this time. There’ll also be an increased security presence.
COVID-19 Alert Level 2 measures will also be in place in line with Ministry of Health guidelines, for example physical distancing and contact tracing.
The Judge has confirmed how the RvT sentencing hearing will take place under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 in a minute.
The minute notes that there is very limited seating (up to 12 seats) reserved for members of the public to view the hearing. This is to prioritise seating for victims and their support people. The seats for the public will be in an overflow courtroom, not the main courtroom. The minute also notes that members of the public require the permission of the Court to attend hearings during COVID-19 Alert Level 2.
On entry into the courts, you’ll be screened by court staff as per usual protocol. The court has also noted you will also need to provide appropriate identification details to facilitate the management of numbers and contact tracing
Priority proceedings and some other courts and tribunals will still take place, including:
There are no hearings scheduled in the Family Court, High Court, Employment Court, Environment Court, Rangatahi Court or Māori Land Court.
The Māori Land Court is hosting clinics at Tūranga (Christchurch City Library) each day between Monday – Thursday from 10am – 2pm. This is only for queries or applications relating to the Māori Land Court.
You’ll still be able to file your court documents for all courts and jurisdictions electronically (online or email) or by post during this time.
You can also contact 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787).
All completed Family Court Without Notice applications can also be emailed directly to email@example.com.
If you can’t file your court documents via email or by post, a drop box will be available at the Tuam Street entrance for you to file these in person.
There won’t be a staff member available to go through the documents when you file them during this time, so please make sure they’ve been filled out clearly and in full. Please also ensure you include your contact details, so we can get in touch if we need more information from you.
People can still pay their fine online during this time, but won’t be able to pay fines in person at the Christchurch Law Courts.
Please contact 0800 4 FINES if:
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