We care about your wellbeing and the health of the wider community.

Please don't attend court if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing.

If you've been told to attend court, but have cold or flu-like symptoms, please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) to talk to our team about your court appearance.

Read the factsheet about the health and safety measures that are in place in the courts during COVID-19 Alert Level 1 [PDF, 155 KB].

Read the District Court protocol on the Courts of NZ website(external link)

More information can be found on our COVID-19 information hub

The majority of criminal cases go through the District Court.

In the District Court, a Justice of the Peace or a Community Magistrate, or a District Court Judge could deal with your case.

All crimes (offences) are placed into categories. Serious charges such as murder and manslaughter are placed into Category 4 and will be heard in the High Court. Most criminal charges are heard in the District Court, either before a judge or by a jury trial, but if the charge is thought to be very serious it could be transferred to be heard in the High Court.

If you’re aged under 18 years and have been charged with a crime, you’ll go to the Youth Court.

Find out more about the Youth Court(external link)

  • Charged with a crime

    Find out what happens if you've been charged with a crime.

  • Get a limited licence

    If you’ve been disqualified from driving, or have received too many demerit points and lost your driver’s licence, you may be able to apply for a limited licence.

  • Therapeutic courts

    Therapeutic courts aim to reduce reoffending, alcohol, drug use, and addiction. They try to help a person’s health and well-being so they can move on with their lives.

  • Court costs

    If you've been convicted of a crime, there will probably be court costs.

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