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...
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...
Excerpts from: Guide for media reporting the courts under COVID 19 alert levels (download full pdf 203 KB)
The statutory rights of news media to...
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...
13 May 2020Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Judge Heemi Taumaunu: New Protocol for the District Court at Alert Level 2
13 May 2020...
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...
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 —...
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...