The latest information on the Law Society's response to COVID-19, and New Zealand's response to COVID-19.
New Zealand is no longer operating under the traffic light system as of 13 September 2022.
The courts have published new operating protocols on the Courts of NZ website, which are effective from 13 September 2022.
Mask wearing: mask wearing is no longer mandatory in court buildings. However, in some situations, including jury trials, court participants may be required to wear masks at the direction of a presiding judge or judicial officer.
COVID-19 testing requirements: any person with symptoms of COVID-19, however minor, must take a rapid antigen test before attending court. The protocols set out the circumstances in which a person with symptoms who tests negative may be able to attend court, and the safeguards that will apply in those circumstances.
The Chief High Court and Chief District Court Judges have released updated guidelines for the conduct of jury trials in the High Court and District Court, with effect from Tuesday 13 September 2022.
For information on these guidelines, read the full statement.
Updated information and guidance for parents and lawyers can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.
The Chief Judge of the Employment Court has issued a revised COVID-19 Protocol for Employment Court operations.
The Employment Relations Authority has issued an update which sets out arrangements the Authority has made to deal with applications and investigations as part of the Covid-19 response from 13 September 2022.
The Legal Community Counselling Service provides the option for counselling via phone or videolink as well as face to face.
The Law Society’s Practising Well initiative provides access to other support and resources for lawyers.
Ministry of Health guidelines on managing your mental health are on the Ministry of Health website.
For support with grief, anxiety, distress or mental wellbeing, you can also call or text 1737 to talk with a trained counsellor for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now also might be the time to consider mentoring. Our Mentoring Programme uses an online platform called MentorLoop, which matches mentors and mentees based on their profiles.
The Programme is free to join, to get started:
If you have any other questions or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
This page will be updated with any further advice for lawyers.