Check if you need to attend jury service today or tomorrow

UPDATE 3 December 2021: As of 11:59pm on 2 December Aotearoa will have moved to the traffic light setting.

Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts are currently set at Red. 

The rest of the North Island is set at Orange.

The whole of the South Island is set at Orange.

Court operations under the COVID-19 Protection Framework
From Monday 6 December, new transitional protocols will be in place. All courts to continue operating under existing arrangements as below. 

Further guidance to be released today on the Courts of NZ website.(external link)

Jury trials in the Auckland and Waikato regions
Across the Auckland region and in Hamilton, no new jury trials will begin in the High Court or District Court until at least January 2022. Jury trials that were underway prior to Alert Level 4 will remain adjourned (put on hold).

Chief Justice media statement 17 November 2021 on jury trials in Auckland and Waikato [PDF, 534 KB]

Jury trials for the rest of New Zealand
For the rest of New Zealand, jury trials re-commenced in the District Court and High Court in September 2021. However, judges will decide on a case-by-case basis whether each trial can proceed, taking into account the case's individual circumstances.

If you have received a jury service summons, you can check if you need to attend jury service on our website at: Check if you need to attend jury service.

Other cases
In the Auckland region, District Court matters considered 'priority proceedings' will be conducted remotely where possible in the Criminal, Family, Youth and Civil jurisdictions. High Court business will also be conducted remotely where possible. Call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) or contact the registry directly at Contact us if you have questions about a specific case and whether it is a ‘priority proceeding’.

For the rest of New Zealand, courts will progressively increase their workload as local conditions and capacity allow.

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

Health and Safety
We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff.

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 those permitted in court buildings, please wear a mask, wash/sanitise your hands, and maintain social distancing.

Everyone entering the court is required to sign in. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app(external link) and use mobile devices to scan the COVID-19 QR code at the main entrance of a courthouse, or use the manual contact tracing register.

The COVID Healthline at 0800 358 5453 is also available for 24/7 advice and information about COVID-19. You can also refer to the information available at the COVID-19 website.(external link)

Click on one of the courts below to see if you need to come to jury service today or tomorrow.

North Island

Auckland District Court

Auckland High Court

Gisborne High Court & District Court

Hamilton High Court & District Court

Kaikohe District Court

Manukau District Court

Napier High Court & District Court

New Plymouth High Court & District Court

Palmerston North High Court & District Court

Rotorua High Court & District Court

Tauranga High Court & District Court

Wellington District Court

Wellington High Court

Whanganui High Court & District Court

Whangarei High Court & District Court

South Island

Blenheim High Court & District Court

Christchurch District Court

Christchurch High Court

Dunedin High Court & District Court

Greymouth High Court & District Court

Invercargill High Court & District Court

Nelson High Court & District Court

Timaru High Court & District Court