New Zealand's justice system is built on the integrity of its institutions, and in public trust in those institutions and the law.

To maintain public trust that the law is fair, that it will be applied fairly, and that the justice system is in tune with society, our court system needs to be open and transparent.

The media plays a critical role in this, and we are committed to working with you to ensure the work of the courts and court proceedings are reported accurately and fairly.

This guide is designed to facilitate this work. It describes the roles and the responsibilities of those involved in reporting court business. It is important that the rules put in place are respected – these are there to ensure court processes are fair, and that justice processes can work effectively.

We appreciate your ongoing care and professionalism in this work, and the part you play in maintaining the integrity of the court system.

Andrew Bridgman
Chief Executive and Secretary for Justice

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