Information for news media covering District Court

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 participants. Reporters may need permission to attend certain proceedings of the Family Court, while in the Youth Court they are free to attend but cannot report proceedings without the court’s permission.

Reporting restrictions also apply to some proceedings in the adult criminal court, such as certain matters in bail application hearings and during sentencing indications. Details of prohibitions are outlined on the Courts of New Zealand website in the pdf document Statutory Prohibitions on Publications for Media at November 2014:

More information about covering Youth Court is found in the Media Reporting Protocol for that court: