COVID-19 protocol – September 2020 changes to New Zealand’s Alert Levels 

As of 11:59pm on Wednesday 23 September 2020 Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

As of 11:59pm on Monday 21 September 2020 the rest of New Zealand moved down to COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

The registry

The Tribunal’s Wellington-based registry will be open as usual and will operate within the relevant health parameters set by Government.

Hearings under Alert Level 2  

Hearings in Auckland will continue within the Level 2 parameters prescribed by Government.

Masks in court

By media statements dated 28 August 2020 and 24 September 2020 the Chief Justice has advised that because of concerns about community transmission of COVID-19, all those attending courts in the Auckland region should wear masks in public spaces and courtrooms. Counsel, parties and witnesses may be required to remove masks when speaking in court or otherwise by judicial direction.

In areas other than Auckland the Chief Justice has encouraged everyone attending court to continue to wear masks in public areas and in courthouses.

Remote participation

The Tribunal will either on application or on its own motion consider remote means of participation by counsel, the parties and their witnesses provided such participation is practicable and fair in all the circumstances.

Rodger Haines ONZM QC
Chairperson Human Rights Review Tribunal
25 September 2020


 The Human Rights Review Tribunal hears claims relating to breaches of the:

Before making a claim to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, you must first make a complaint to either:

Claims could relate to discrimination, sexual harassment and racial harassment, privacy principles, and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

Awarding damages

The tribunal can award compensatory damages for losses suffered. Awards are typically for injury to feelings, humiliation and loss of dignity.

There is a $350,000 limit on the money the tribunal may award. This is the same as the District Court.


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