December 2018 – January 2019: 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 3pm, Monday 24 December, unless gazetted hours allow the registry to close earlier.

District Court locations that are gazetted to close earlier are:

4pm, Friday 21 December at Gore

5pm, Friday 21 December at Alexandra

District Court locations will reopen in January 2019 on the dates listed below:

9am, Thursday 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, Timaru, Waitakere, Wellington, Whakatane, Whanganui, Whangarei

9am, Friday 4 January

Blenheim, Greymouth

9am, Monday 7 January

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

9am, Monday 14 January

Alexandra, Ashburton, Dannevirke, 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.

All urgent Family Court applications are required to be submitted to the registry by 2.00pm (exception 12pm on 24 December 2018) 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 14 January 2019

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 31 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 21 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Ashburton

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Auckland

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Blenheim

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Friday 4 January

Chatham Islands

5pm, Monday 24 December

 * Hearing Court

Christchurch

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Dannevirke

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Dargaville

5pm, Monday 24 December

 * Hearing Court

Dunedin

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Gisborne

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Gore

4pm Friday 21 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Greymouth

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Friday 4 January

Hamilton

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Hastings

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Hawera

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Huntly

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Hutt Valley

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Invercargill

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Kaikohe

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Kaikoura

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Kaitaia

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Levin

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Manukau

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Marton

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Masterton

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Morrinsville

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Napier

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Nelson

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

New Plymouth

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

North Shore

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Oamaru

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Opotiki

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Palmerston North

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Papakura

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Porirua

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Pukekohe

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Queenstown

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Rotorua

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Ruatoria

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Taihape

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Taumarunui

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Taupo

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Tauranga

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Te Awamutu

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Te Kuiti

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Thames

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 7 January

Timaru

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Tokoroa

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Waihi

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Waipukurau

5pm, Monday 24 December

* Hearing Court

Wairoa

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Waitakere

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Wellington

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Westport

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Monday 14 January

Whakatane

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Whanganui

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

Whangarei

3pm, Monday 24 December

9am, Thursday 3 January

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