COVID-19 protocol – Alert Level 2 update

On 11 May 2020 the Prime Minister announced that at 11:59pm on Wednesday 13 May 2020 New Zealand would move to Level 2 on the COVID-19 table. On 13 May 2020 the Chief Justice directed that courts begin to operate under Level 2 on Monday 18 May 2020.

Consequently as from Monday 18 May 2020 the Human Rights Review Tribunal will resume full operation within the limitations imposed by the Level 2 health and safety requirements.

Where hearings were adjourned in the period late March 2020 to the end of May 2020, those hearings will be rescheduled. If necessary, a further teleconference will be convened.

Where hearings have already been scheduled for June and July 2020, Case Managers will likewise contact the parties to confirm they, their witnesses and counsel will still be available on the allocated dates. If necessary, a further teleconference will be convened.

Standard procedures for the filing of new cases and the management of all other cases will resume.

Rodger Haines ONZM QC
Chairperson Human Rights Review Tribunal
14 May 2020

The Human Rights Review Tribunal hears claims relating to breaches of the:

Before making a claim to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, you must first make a complaint to either:

Claims could relate to discrimination, sexual harassment and racial harassment, privacy principles, and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

Awarding damages

The tribunal can award compensatory damages for losses suffered. Awards are typically for injury to feelings, humiliation and loss of dignity.

There is a $350,000 limit on the money the tribunal may award. This is the same as the District Court.


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