December 2017–January 2018: District Court opening hours

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District Court opening hours

Urgent applications

Urgent applications to the Family Court

Mental health

Arrest courts

Urgent Harmful Digital Communications Act applications

Contact

Table of Opening/Closing dates by court location

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District Court opening hours

All District Court locations will close at 5pm, Friday 22 December, unless gazetted hours allow the registry to close earlier.

District Court locations that are gazetted to close earlier are:

3pm, Friday 22 December at Taihape and Taumarunui

4pm, Friday 22 December at Ashburton, Dannevirke, Gore, Morrinsville, and Westport

District Court locations will reopen in January 2018 on the dates listed below:

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hamilton, Hastings, Hutt Valley, Invercargill, Kaikohe, Levin, Manukau, Masterton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, North Shore, Palmerston North, Porirua, Queenstown, Rotorua, Tauranga, Waitakere, Wellington, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

9am, Thursday 4 January

Blenheim, Greymouth, Timaru

9am, Monday 8 January

Dannevirke, Hawera, Huntly, Kaitaia, Morrinsville, Papakura, Pukekohe, Taumarunui, Taupo, Thames

9am, Monday 15 January

Alexandra, Ashburton, Gore, Taihape, Tokoroa, Wairoa, Westport

The following courts are Hearing Courts. They will not be open over the Christmas and New Year’s 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

Urgent applications to the Family Court

Urgent applications to the Family Court will be dealt with by duty judges who are available each weekday, except for the public holidays on 25–26 December and 1–2 January.

Any applications received by the court before 2:00pm will be dealt with on the same day. Applications received after 2:00pm will be dealt with on the next working day.

The process for urgent Family Court applications will go back to normal on Monday 8 January 2018.

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

Arrest courts will be held over the holiday period as needed. If you have any questions about a friend or family member who has been arrested, you should contact the relevant police station.

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 27, 28, and 29 December.

Contact

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

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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 2018

Alexandra

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Ashburton

4pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Auckland

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Blenheim

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Thursday 4 January

Chatham Islands

5pm, Friday 22 December

 * Hearing Court

Christchurch

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Dannevirke

4pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Dargaville

5pm, Friday 22 December

 * Hearing Court

Dunedin

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Gisborne

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Gore

4pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Greymouth

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Thursday 4 January

Hamilton

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Hastings

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Hawera

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Huntly

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Hutt Valley

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Invercargill

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Kaikohe

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Kaikoura

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Kaitaia

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Levin

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Manukau

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Marton

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Masterton

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Morrinsville

4pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Napier

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Nelson

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

New Plymouth

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

North Shore

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Oamaru

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Opotiki

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Palmerston North

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Papakura

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Porirua

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Pukekohe

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Queenstown

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Rotorua

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Ruatoria

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Taihape

3pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Taumarunui

3pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Taupo

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Tauranga

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Te Awamutu

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Te Kuiti

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Thames

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 8 January

Timaru

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Thursday 4 January

Tokoroa

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Waihi

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Waipukurau

5pm, Friday 22 December

* Hearing Court

Wairoa

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Waitakere

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Wellington

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Westport

4pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Monday 15 January

Whakatane

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Whanganui

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

Whangarei

5pm, Friday 22 December

9am, Wednesday 3 January

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