Media information

The media’s role in bearing witness to the delivery of justice is integral to New Zealand’s open, impartial, and transparent justice system. These pages contain information and guidance for the media, as well as District Court media releases and statements, and contact details for media enquiries.

  • Guidance for news media covering the District Court

    News media are usually free to cover the proceedings of the District Court. Before attending court, however, journalists need to be familiar with the rules…

  • Filming, recording, or taking photographs in court

    Permission from a judge is required to film, take photographs, or make sound recordings in court. Find out how to apply for permission, including for…

  • Accessing court documents

    Journalists may need access to court documents that are not available online, such as sentencing notes, judge’s minutes, or other court files. Apply for access to court…

  • Information for non-accredited and international media

    Non-accredited and international media need permission from a judge to cover proceedings in the District Court. Find out what accredited means, and how to apply…

  • Media releases

    Media releases and statements from Te Kōti-ā-Rohe o Aotearoa from 2016 onwards – including media statements relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. On this page: 2022 media releases 2021 media releases  2020 media…

  • Media enquiries

    Find out who to contact for information about District Court cases and judges, and other media enquiries – such as information about the High Court,…