Media Information

News media are usually free to cover the proceedings of the District Court. The media’s role in bearing witness to the delivery of justice is integral to New Zealand’s open, impartial and transparent justice system. These pages contain information for the media including reporting restrictions, protocols and contact details.

  • Information for news media covering District Court

    Most District Court hearings are open to the public, however, several statutory reporting restrictions apply in the Family Court and Youth Court to protect vulnerable participants. Reporters may need permission...

  • Identification, guidelines and accessing court documents

    Reporters wanting to cover court should carry identification so the court knows they are bona fide, accredited members of the media. Before attending court, journalists need to be familiar with the...

  • Filming, recording or taking photographs in court

    Specific permission is required to film, or take photographs or make sound recordings in court. This must be sought in advance from a judge through the registrar at the court...

  • Enquiries

    *Media enquiries about court cases and District Court Judges* For information about cases in court, contact the Ministry of Justice Contact Centre on 0800 268 787. If the Contact Centre is...

  • Media Releases

    January 2017 Judge Heemi Taumaunu has been honoured internationally for his pioneering work developing ngā Kōti Rangatahi o Aotearoa, the Rangatahi Courts. Image of Judge Heemi Taumaunu. Media Release: Statement-re-Veillard-Cybulski-Award (pdf...