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 to be familiar with the rules and procedures. These are explained in the Ministry of Justice's Media Guide for Reporting the Courts:
Reporters seeking to access court documents, such as sentencing notes that are not available online, Judge’s minutes or other court files, need to make an application directly to the court where a case was heard using these forms:
Fill out the form, print it, sign it, scan it and send it to the appropriate court located using the Court locator: