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UPDATE 25 January 2022: New Zealand’s COVID-19 Protection Framework ('traffic light system') is now in place. Courts have implemented transitional protocols that guide court operations under the Red and Orange settings of the Framework. These came into effect on 6 December 2021 and remain in force until 31 January 2022.

From 11.59pm on Sunday 23 January 2022, ALL of Aotearoa New Zealand moves to the Red setting.

Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 restrictions, but may operate differently. Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 restrictions, but may operate differently. Further guidance is available on the Courts of New Zealand website. (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.  

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Update on Legal Aid Services’ response to COVID-19

Please refer to What’s New for Legal Aid Lawyers for any updates on legal aid polices in response to the current Alert Level.

What’s New for Legal Aid Lawyers  

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 Factsheet when it becomes available from the top of our COVID-19 information page.

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