December 2020 — January 2021: District Court opening hours

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District Court opening hours

Urgent applications to the Family Court

Mental health

Arrest courts 

Electronically Monitored Bail applications

Urgent Harmful Digital Communications Act applications

Table of Opening/Closing dates by court location

Other Courts and Tribunals 

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District Court opening hours

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). 

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

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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: 

Mon ** Tue ** Wed ** Thu ** Fri
 21 Dec 2020  22 Dec 2020 23 Dec 2020   24 Dec 2020  25 Dec 2020
       - Applications
close 12:00pm
- All Registries
close 3:00pm
 
Mon Tue **  Wed ** Thu ** Fri
 28 Dec 2020  29 Dec 2020  30 Dec 2020  31 Dec 2020  1 Jan 2021
   - Applications
close 2:00pm
 - Applications
close 2:00pm
 - Applications
close 2:00pm
 
 Mon  Tue **  Wed **  Thu **  Fri **
 4 Jan 2021  5 Jan 2021  6 Jan 2021  7 Jan 2021  8 Jan 2021
   - Larger Courts reopen 9:00am
- Applications
close 2:00pm
 - Applications
close 2:00pm
 - Applications
close 2:00pm
 - Applications
close 2:00pm
  ** National eDuty service available
  Closed for observed statutory holiday

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   2021
Applications
Close
Last
Hearing
Existing applications
First Hearing
New Applications
Close for First Hearing 
New Applications
First Hearing 
Adult  8 Dec 2020
5:00pm
22 Dec 2020 19 Jan 2021  5 Jan 2021
5:00pm
19 Jan 2021
Youth 15 Dec 2020
5:00pm
22 Dec 2020 19 Jan 2021 5 Jan 2021
5:00pm
19 Jan 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.

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Table of Opening/Closing dates by court location

Note:  * Hearing Courts will not be open over the Christmas and New Year’s period, and will resume hearings as rostered in the New Year:

Location
Close time/Date
Reopening in January 2020
Alexandra 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)
Ashburton 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)
Auckland 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Blenheim 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Chatham Islands 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 *
Christchurch 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Dannevirke 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)
Dargaville 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 *
Dunedin 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Gisborne 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Gore 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)
Greymouth 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Hamilton 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Hastings 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Hawera 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Huntly 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)
Hutt Valley 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Invercargill 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Kaikohe 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Kaikoura 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 *
Kaitaia 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Levin 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Manukau 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Marton 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 *
Masterton 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Morrinsville 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)
Napier 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Nelson 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
New Plymouth 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
North Shore 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021
Oamaru 3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020 *

Opotiki

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

*

Palmerston North

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Papakura

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Porirua

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Pukekohe

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Queenstown

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Rotorua

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Ruatoria

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

*

Taihape

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Taumarunui

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Taupo

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Tauranga

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Te Awamutu

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

*

Te Kuiti

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

*

Thames

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Timaru

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Tokoroa

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Waihi

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

*

Waipukurau

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

*

Wairoa

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Waitakere

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Wellington

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Westport

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Monday 11 January 2021 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Whakatane

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Whanganui

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

Whangarei

3pm, Thursday 24 December 2020

9am, Tuesday 5 January 2021

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Other Courts and Tribunals

For information on opening hours for all courts and tribunals see the Ministry of Justice website:

Courts and Tribunals hours - December 2020 & January 2021

and the Courts of New Zealand website at:

Courts and Tribunals - Operating Hours December 2020 and January 2021