IMPORTANT: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, some courts will be closed or operating at reduced capacity.  Please check the Court Closures page or call 0800 COURTS if you have any questions.


Limitations on members of the public entering courthouses during COVID-19 alert level 4


Today the judiciary has taken steps to exclude members of the public, including witnesses and complainants, who are not required for that day’s court business, unless they have obtained prior approval to attend. This applies to criminal proceedings only.   
This step has been taken to observe the requirements of the COVID-19 alert level 4 and to protect the safety of those who must attend at court, including court staff, lawyers, defendants, prosecutors and accredited media. They may need to show a form of identification which includes a photograph. 
If you need to attend court for priority family court proceeding or civil proceedings, please also call 0800 268787 for assistance.
We will accept Police bail including those whose bail date has expired. Expect more detail on this.
Read Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann's media statement

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