COVID-19 protocol of the Immigration & Protection Tribunal
While the Epidemic Preparedness (COVID-19) Notice 2020 is in force, the Immigration and Protection Tribunal will, as far as is reasonably practicable, operate in its usual manner.
There may, in some cases, need to be changes to the way the Tribunal operates, including by conducting hearings entirely by video-link or telephone or by requiring that documents be emailed in the first instance, followed by the necessary copies being sent by post or courier.
There may also be restrictions to entry into our premises. It is recommended that, if unsure, participants contact the Tribunal is advance of visiting our premises to find out whether entry is possible and to discuss any needs they might have.
All participants entering our premises will be required to sign in using the QR Code or a paper-based record of attendance, for the purposes of contact tracing. PPE will be available to participants suitable to the nature of their visit.
Parties affected by any change to the Tribunal’s usual operating procedures will be advised of those changes and provided with information to ensure that they understand how their matter will be handled by the Tribunal.
Hearings in person will proceed with the necessary physical distancing restrictions and hygiene requirements appropriate to the Alert Level at the time. If a hearing needs to be adjourned, the Case Manager will contact you to advise you.
The emphasis will continue to be on the Tribunal bringing the appeals on hand to completion.
This Protocol applies until revoked or modified by the Tribunal.
At all times, the Tribunal encourages participants to send documents via email in the first instance, followed by hard copies as necessary, sent by courier or post. The requirement in Practice Note 2/2019 that documents relating to refugee and protected person appeals not be emailed is hereby suspended until further notice but appellants and representatives should refer to matters by file number, rather than name.
DATED this 18th day of August 2021
Martin Treadwell Acting Chair, Immigration and Protection Tribunal
The Immigration & Protection Tribunal hears and determines appeals concerning:
decisions about residence class visas
decisions about the recognition of a person as a refugee or protected person
liability for deportation
decisions to stop recognising a person as a refugee or protected person
decisions to cancel the recognition of a New Zealand citizen as a refugee or protected person.
The tribunal is administered by the Ministry of Justice. The tribunal is chaired by a District Court Judge appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Attorney-General. It has 18 members, appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice.
How long does it take to get a decision?
These appeals are generally being determined within 3 to 6 months after the Tribunal receives them. Send any supporting documents or submissions to the Tribunal as soon as you can.
Deportation non-resident (humanitarian) appeals
These appeals are generally being determined within 2 to 4 months after the Tribunal receives them. Send any supporting documents or submissions to the Tribunal as soon as you can.
Members of the tribunal
Judge Peter Spiller
Martin Treadwell (Deputy Chair)
Any complaint made about a member of the tribunal will be considered by the Chair of the tribunal. Complaints made about the Chair will be considered by the Chief District Court Judge (because the Chair of the tribunal is a District Court Judge).