Courts and Tribunals - Operating Hours December 2020 and January 2021

Contents

Senior Courts
District Courts
Special Jurisdictions
Urgent applications (to the Family Court, Arrest courts, Electronically Monitored Bail applications, Harmful Digital Communications Act applications)
Second Appearance of Category 4 Offences in the High Court

 

Most courts and tribunals will be closed during the holiday period. All courts and tribunals will be open on Monday 11 January 2021, with some opening from Tuesday 5 January 2021.
If you have any questions, call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787).  

Senior Courts 
Supreme Court

The Chief Justice has determined the following:
Close: 5pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020
Open: 9am, Monday 11 January 2021

 

Court of Appeal

The President of the Court of Appeal has determined the following:
Close: 5pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021 

High Court

Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Invercargill, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga, Timaru, Wellington, Whanganui, Whangarei (rule 3.2 High Court Rules 2016)
Close: 5pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021 

Urgent High Court applications

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
Sheena Spiers 027 359 3101 Gisborne, New Plymouth, Napier, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim
Ann Swarbrick 027 273 2679 Greymouth, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, Invercargill

District Court

Auckland, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, Hamilton, Hastings, Hawera, Hutt Valley, Invercargill, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, 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, Thursday 24 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021 

Alexandra, Ashburton, Dannevirke, Gore, Huntly, Morrinsville, Taihape, Taumarunui, Taupo, Thames, Tokoroa, Wairoa, Westport
Close: 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020
Open: 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise) 

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

Special Jurisdictions 

Employment Courts
Close: 5pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Environment Courts
Close: 3pm, Wednesday 23 December 2020
Open: 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 

Māori Land Courts
Close: 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020
Open: 10am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

The Auckland Information Office
Close: 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Coronial Services
Close: 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
The National Initial Investigation Office (NIIO) will remain open 24 hours a day.

Tribunals Unit
Close: 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020
Open: 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

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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:  

week Monday 21 December 2020 - Friday 25 December 2020
Monday 21 December 2020 : National eDuty service available
Tuesday 22 December 2020 : National eDuty service available
Wednesday 23 December 2020 : National eDuty service available
Thursday 24 December 2020 : National eDuty sevice available. Applications close 12:00 pm, alll registries close 3:00 pm
Friday 25 December 2020 : Closed for observed statutory holiday

week Monday 28 December 2020 - Friday 1 Juanuary 2021
Monday 28 December 2020 : Closed for observed statutory holiday
Tuesday 29 December 2020 : National eDuty service available. Applications close 2:00 pm.
Wednesday 30 December 2020 : National eDuty service available. Applications close 2:00 pm.
Thursday 31 December 2020 : National eDuty service available. Applications close 2:00 pm.
Friday 1 January 2021 : Closed for observed statutory holiday

week Monday 4 January 2021 - Friday 8 January 2021
Monday 4 January 2021 : Closed for observed statutory holiday
Tuesday 5 January 2021 : National eDuty service available. Larger Courts reopen 9:00am. Applications close 2:00pm.
Wednesday 6 January 2021 : National eDuty service available. Applications close 2:00pm.
Thursday 7 January 2021 : National eDuty service available. Applications close 2:00pm.
Friday 8 January 2021 : National eDuty service available. Applications close 2:00pm.

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 11 January 2021. 

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: 

2020
Adult applications close 8 December 2020 5:00 pm; Last hearing 22 December 2020
Youth appications close 15 December 2020 5:00 pm; Last hearing 22 December 2020

2021
Adult and Youth existing applications First hearing 19 January 2021
Adult and Youth new applications Close for first hearing 5 Jan 2021 5:00 pm; First hearing 19 January 2021

2020 Application close off and last hearing date
Applications for hearing in the 2020 calendar year will need to be received by the EM Bail Team no later than 5:00pm Tuesday 8 December 2020 for adult applications and 5:00pm Tuesday 15 December 2020 for youth applications. The final date for EM Bail applications to be heard in 2020 will be Tuesday 22 December 2020. 

2020 Applications adjourned for the New Year
The first date for hearings of any existing EM Bail applications adjourned from 2020 into the New Year will be from Tuesday 19 January 2021. 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. 

2021 Applications and first hearing dates
The first hearing date for new applications filed in the New Year will be from Tuesday 19 January 2021 for both adult and youth applications. Applications for hearing on these dates will need to be received by the EM Bail Team by 5:00pm Tuesday 5 January 2021 (including the applications received after 8 and 15 December 2020). 

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) on 21 - 24, and 29 - 31 December 2020.