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UPDATE 28 February 2021: Auckland is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 3. The rest of Aotearoa New Zealand is now at Alert Level 2. Please check the Courts of New Zealand website regularly for updated court protocols:
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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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 from the top of our COVID-19 information page.
The majority of criminal cases go through the District Court.
In the District Court, a Justice of the Peace or a Community Magistrate, or a District Court Judge could deal with your case.
All crimes (offences) are placed into categories. Serious charges such as murder and manslaughter are placed into Category 4 and will be heard in the High Court. Most criminal charges are heard in the District Court, either before a judge or by a jury trial, but if the charge is thought to be very serious it could be transferred to be heard in the High Court.
If you’re aged under 18 years and have been charged with a crime, you’ll go to the Youth Court.
Find out what happens if you've been charged with a crime.
If you’ve been disqualified from driving, or have received too many demerit points and lost your driver’s licence, you may be able to apply for a limited licence.
Therapeutic courts aim to reduce reoffending, alcohol, drug use, and addiction. They try to help a person’s health and well-being so they can move on with their lives.
If you've been convicted of a crime, there will probably be court costs.
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