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 Zealand:

Please note the Chief District Court Judge issued an addendum to these guidelines in April 2018 varying the timeframe for lodging in-court media coverage applications in the District Court from that in the senior courts.


Specific permission is required to film, or take photographs or make sound recordings in court. This must be sought in advance from a judge through the registrar at the court where a case is being heard, using the application form:

Fill out the form, print it, sign it, scan it and send it to the appropriate court located using the Court locator: