UPDATE 13 August: There are changes to the way courts are operating. Please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) for further instruction. If you're unwell, please don't attend court.

Protocols for how courts and tribunals will operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 (Auckland) and Alert Level 2 (rest of NZ) have been released on the Courts of NZ website. All jury trials in the Auckland region are suspended until Monday, 17 August. Jury trials throughout the rest of the country will resume today, Thursday 13 August.

Read the current court protocols on the Courts of New Zealand website.(external link)


Last updated 12 August at 9.14am


New protocols for how courts and tribunals will operate during various COVID-19 Alert Levels are available on the Courts of NZ website.

Read more information about what the courts are doing on the Courts of New Zealand website.(external link)

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.

Factsheet: Health and Safety measures during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 [PDF, 106 KB]

Factsheet: Health and Safety measures during COVID-19 Alert Level 2 [PDF, 107 KB]

Courts and tribunals have QR codes available for contact tracing.

Standard filing procedures apply in the District Court. For filing and serving documents in the High Court and Court of Appeal, please refer to the court protocols on the Courts of New Zealand website.

Cases that were administratively adjourned during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, 3 and 2 will be reviewed and prioritised for rescheduling.

Supporters no longer require permission to attend in Alert Level 1.

People who are currently held in managed isolation or quarantine and wish to access the District Court in person need to apply for permission from a judge.

Read more about the District Court protocol for Isolation and Quarantine(external link)

Legal advice

Lawyers and Community Law Centres can provide legal advice during COVID-19 Alert Level 1. They will do this following public health measures. Visit Legal Aid Lawyers and New Zealand Law Society to find a list of lawyers.

Community Law Centres(external link) 

Legal Aid Lawyers(external link)

New Zealand Law Society(external link)

Remote proceedings

The decision about whether parties must appear in person or not is made by the presiding judge.

Read more information about appearing by video conference and teleconference. 

For more information on requesting

  • a new hearing date for court matters, call 0800 COURTS 
  • a new hearing date for fines or civil enforcement matters, call 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637)

Further questions? Call 0800 COURTS

For more advice and information on COVID-19:

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