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.
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...
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...
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:
In-Court Media Coverage Guidelines...
*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...
13 November 2018
Statement from the Chief District Court Judge, Jan-Marie Doogue in response to the impact of pay dispute.
District Court Judges Vigilant to Impact of Pay Dispute
A window into life on the Bench
The District Court is the engine room of New Zealand’s civil and criminal justice system. It touches the lives of thousands of people, and...
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*Leave of the court required*[#MI1]
*Special restrictions in certain proceedings*[#MI2]
*How to apply for permission to cover court*[#MI3]
*Media not present in court*[#MI4]
Leave of the court required
Non-accredited journalists and...