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...

  • 15 June 2020 Update: Covid 19 Guide for Media

    Covering court at Alert Level 1 (download pdf 165 KB) The District Court is progressively reverting to normal operations since New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert...

  • Covid 19 — Guide for Media

    Excerpts from: Guide for media reporting the courts under COVID 19 alert levels (download full pdf  203 KB) Purpose The statutory rights of news media to...

  • 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...

  • Filming, recording or taking photographs in court

    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...

  • 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...

  • Media Releases

    15 October 2020Statement from the Chief Judge of the District Court, Judge Heemi Taumaunu and Principal Youth Court Judge, Judge John Walker regarding the official...

  • Important note to news media before reporting Youth Court decisions

    News media wishing to publish or report from Youth Court decisions published on this website are advised that under s 438(1) of the Children, Young...

  • Information for legal practitioners

     16 April 2020 Guidelines for Practitioners during period of Epidemic Notice  1 April 2020 Communication to the Profession — Update 1 April  1 April 2020 Letter to the Profession —...

  • Information for non-accredited and international media

    Contents 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...