December 2021 — January 2022: 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 10 January 2022 with some opening from Wednesday 5 January 2022.

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

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 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

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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
 20 Dec 2021  21 Dec 2021  22 Dec 2021  23 Dec 2021  24 Dec 2021
          - Applications
close 12:00pm
- All Registries
close 3:00pm
 Mon  Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri
 27 Dec 2021  28 Dec 2021  29 Dec 2021  30 Dec 2021  31 Dec 2021
     - Applications
close 2:00pm
 - Applications
close 2:00pm
  - Applications
close 2:00pm
 Mon  Tue   Wed   Thu   Fri 
 3 Jan 2022  4 Jan 2022  5 Jan 2022  6 Jan 2022  7 Jan 2022
      - Larger Courts reopen 9:00am
- 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 10 January 2022.

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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.

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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.

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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   2022
Applications
Close
Last
Hearing
Existing applications
First Hearing
New Applications
Close for First Hearing 
New Applications
First Hearing 
Adult  3 Dec 2021
5:00pm
20 Dec 2021 19 Jan 2022 5 Jan 2022
5:00pm
19 Jan 2022
Youth 10 Dec 2021
5:00pm
20 Dec 2021 12 Jan 2022 5 Jan 2022
5:00pm
12 Jan 2022
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

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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).

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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 2022

Alexandra

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Ashburton

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Auckland

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Blenheim

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Chatham Islands

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Christchurch

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Dannevirke

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Dargaville

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Dunedin

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Gisborne

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Gore

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Greymouth

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Hamilton

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Hastings

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Hawera

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Huntly

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Hutt Valley

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Invercargill

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Kaikohe

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Kaikoura

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Kaitaia

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Levin

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Manukau

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Marton

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Masterton

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Morrinsville

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Napier

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Nelson

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

New Plymouth

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

North Shore

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Oamaru

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Opotiki

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Palmerston North

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Papakura

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Porirua

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Pukekohe

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Queenstown

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Rotorua

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Ruatoria

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Taihape

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Taumarunui

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Taupo

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Tauranga

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Te Awamutu

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Te Kuiti

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Thames

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Timaru

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Tokoroa

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Waihi

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Waipukurau

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 *

Wairoa

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Waitakere

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Wellington

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Westport

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Monday 10 January 2022 (unless gazetted otherwise)

Whakatane

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Whanganui

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

Whangarei

3pm, Friday 24 December 2021 9am, Wednesday 5 January 2022

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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 2021 & January 2022

and the Courts of New Zealand website at:

Courts and Tribunals - Operating Hours December 2021 and January 2022