UPDATE 13 September 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4. The remainder of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Delta Alert Level 2.
Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but are operating differently.
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
Entry to court buildings is restricted during heightened alert levels. For those permitted in court buildings, please wear a mask or face covering, 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.
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.
There is more information in our health and safety factsheets available from the top of our COVID-19 hub page.
For more information for court users, see: Information for all court and tribunal users.
In this section you can find information about changes in policy resulting from the Ministry's response to COVID-19:
Guidance for owners and tenants of commercial property, affected by the Ministry's response to COVID-19
Information for people needing to take oaths, or make affirmations or declarations during COVID-19
Information for people about the signing and witnessing of wills during COVID-19
Information about the Immediate Modification Order on the alcohol licensing regime during COVID-19
Court Practice Notes and other guidance relating to the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act
Information for people needing to sign or witness Enduring Powers of Attorney (EPAs) during COVID-19
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