UPDATE 12 March 2021:  All of Aotearoa New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1. Please check the Courts of New Zealand website regularly for updated court protocols:

Courts of New Zealand - court protocols(external link)

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

Health and safety measures

We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Follow the link above to court protocols for information applicable to your region, including requirements for wearing face coverings.

Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.

You can download the latest Health and Safety Factsheets from the top of our COVID-19 information page.


Court protocols

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

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)

Tribunal protocols

You can find the protocols for how tribunals will operate during COVID-19 alert levels on the specific tribunal pages.

Go to Tribunals

Legal advice

Lawyers and Community Law Centres can provide legal advice during COVID-19 restrictions while observing 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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