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.
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...
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...
The rules for filming, photographs and recording are contained in the In-Court Media Coverage Guidelines available as a pdf download from the Courts of New...
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...
22 May 2019Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue about the Sexual Violence Court Pilot.
May Update on the Sexual Violence Court Pilot in...
A window into life on the Bench The District Court is the engine room of New Zealand’s civil and criminal justice system. It touches the...
Leave of the court required
Special restrictions in certain proceedings
How to apply for permission to cover court
Media not present in court
Leave of the court required...