Court and Tribunal hours – December 2021 & January 2022

Most courts and tribunals will be closed during the holiday period. All courts and tribunals will be open on Monday 10 January 2022, with some opening from Wednesday 5 January 2022.

If you have any questions, call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787). 

Courts and Tribunals Operating Hours 2021/2022

Senior Courts

Supreme Court

The Chief Justice has determined the following:

Close: 5pm, Thursday 23 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Court of Appeal

The President of the Court of Appeal has determined the following:

Close: 5pm, Thursday 23 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022 

High Court


In accordance with the High Court rules:

Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Invercargill, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington, Whanganui, Whangarei

Close: 5pm, Thursday 23 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

District Court

Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Hastings, Hutt Valley, Invercargill, Levin, Manukau, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, North Shore, Palmerston North, Papakura, Porirua, Pukekohe, Queenstown, Rotorua, Tauranga, Timaru, Waitakere, Wellington, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

Close: 3pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Alexandra, Ashburton, Dannevirke, Gore, Hawera, Huntly, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Morrinsville, Taihape, Taumarunui, Taupo, Thames, Tokoroa, Wairoa, Westport

Close: 3pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Open: 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

The following courts are Hearing Courts. They will not be open over the Christmas and New Year’s period, and will resume hearings as rostered in the New Year:
Chatham Islands, Dargaville, Kaikoura, Marton, Oamaru, Ohakune, Opotiki, Ruatoria, Te Awamutu, Te Kuiti, Waihi, Waipukurau  

Special Jurisdictions

Employment Courts

Close: 5pm, Thursday 23 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022 

Environment Courts

Close: 5pm, Thursday 23 December 2021

Open: 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 

Māori Land Courts

Close: 3pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Open: 10am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

The Auckland Information Office

Close: 3pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Open: 10am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Coronial Services

Close: 3pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

The National Initial Investigation Office (NIIO) will remain open 24 hours a day. 

Tribunals Unit

Close: 3pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Open: 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022 

 

Urgent applications to the Family Court

Family Courts will provide a national service for urgent applications over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Urgent applications will all be dealt with via the National eDuty platform. Court staff and duty judges have been allocated to deal with applications on the following days:   

All urgent Family Court applications are required to be submitted to the registry by 2.00pm (exception 12pm on 24 Dec) on the days above in order for them to be processed. Any applications received after that time will be considered the following day.

The process for urgent Family Court applications will go back to normal on Monday 10 January 2022.

Mental health

Judges will be available to deal with any applications made to the Family Court for a review of a patient’s condition, section 16 of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992. 

Arrest courts

Any persons arrested over this period will be brought to the nearest available court for the initial appearance before a judge, Community Magistrate or Justice of the Peace.  “Arrested” includes those arrested on new charges, on warrant or for breach of bail.

If bail is sought and it is not within jurisdiction of the judicial officer presiding at the first appearance, then any remand in custody (unless there is consent otherwise) must be adjourned to the next working day. This will allow the bail application to be dealt with via AVL from the prison (or police station) to the nearest, or most convenient, court where a judge is rostered to sit.

Electronically Monitored Bail applications

The following provides for the time frames for filing and processing of Electronically Monitored (EM) Bail applications prior to and after the Christmas break. 

The Department of Corrections EM Bail Team have confirmed the dates for the filing and processing of EM Bail applications as follows:

 

2021 Application close off and last hearing date

Applications for hearing in the 2021 calendar year will need to be received by the EM Bail Team no later than 5:00pm Friday 3 December 2021 for adult applications and 5:00pm Friday 10 December 2021 for youth applications. The final date for EM Bail applications to be heard in 2021 will be Monday 20 December 2021. 

2021 Applications adjourned for the New Year

The first date for hearings of any existing EM Bail applications adjourned from 2021 into the New Year will be from Wednesday 19 January 2022. Please ensure the EM Bail Team is advised of any such adjournments over the holiday period so arrangements can be made for potential installations of equipment as early as possible. 

2022 Applications and first hearing dates

The first hearing date for new adult applications filed in the New Year will be from Wednesday 19 January 2022 and Wednesday 12 January 2022 for new youth applications. Applications for hearing on these dates will need to be received by the EM Bail Team by 5:00pm Wednesday 5 January 2022 (including the applications received after 3 and 10 December 2021). 

If there are any queries regarding the above time frames, please don't hesitate to contact the Electronically Monitored Bail Team, on 0800EMBAIL or embail@corrections.govt.nz  

Urgent Harmful Digital Communications Act applications

Judges will be available to deal with any urgent applications filed under the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 (HDCA). 

Procedure - Second Appearance of Category 4 Offences in the High Court

24 November 2021: Memo Chief High Court Judge (PDF, 85 KB)

Urgent applications

For District Court and any other matters, call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787)

Urgent High Court applications can be made during the Christmas and New Year period. Please ring the emergency contact for the relevant court or circuit as noted below. The court contact person will make arrangements for a duty registrar. 

Any urgent applications to be heard over the Christmas – New Year period will only be heard in the Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch High Court registries. 

High Court Emergency Contacts: 

John Richardson

027 474 3995

Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whangarei

Jane Penney

 

027 509 3918

 

Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim

Sharon Graham

027 553 4338

Greymouth, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Invercargill