Media Information

News media are usually free to cover the proceedings of the District Court. 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 for the media including reporting restrictions, protocols and contact details.

  • 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...

  • Identification, guidelines and accessing court documents

    Reporters wanting to cover court should carry identification so the court knows they are bona fide, accredited members of the media. Before attending court, journalists need to be familiar with the...

  • 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:  2016: In-Court Media Coverage...

  • Enquiries

    *Media enquiries about court cases and District Court Judges* For information about cases in court, contact the Ministry of Justice Contact Centre on 0800 268 787. If the Contact Centre is...

  • Media Releases

    23 May 2017 Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue, about the first six months of the Sexual Violence Court Pilot. Media Release:  Six-month-milestone.pdf 19 April 2017 Statement from the Principal Family Court Judge,...