New Zealand Law Society - COVID-19 information

COVID-19 information

On this page you will find all the latest information about how New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 is impacting the legal profession. We will continue to update this page as alert levels change, and will provide regular updated advice from reputable sources for the law profession.

Current situation

30/06/2021: The whole of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Alert Level 1

For information on Court protocols ccheck the Courts of New Zealand website

Law Society offices and libraries
All Law Society offices and libraries are open.

Guidance for lawyers

Family Court
Principal Family Court Judge Jacquelyn Moran has released details of a new system for adoption applications in the Family Court for families in international surrogacy arrangements caught out by COVID red tape delays.

Please contact us if there is specific guidance that you require. Call +64 4 472 7837 or email

If there is a change to alert levels we will re-publish relevant guidance on this page.



Information on Court protocols can be found on the Courts of New Zealand website


Employment Court

Check for the most up to date information.

Law Society services

All Law Society offices and libraries are open.

If you do visit one of our offices or libraries please scan the COVID-19 QR codes using the NZ COVID Tracer App.

Support for our members’ wellbeing

The Legal Community Counselling Service provides counselling with 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 MOH 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.

For COVID-19 health advice and information, contact the Ministry of Health’s Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please email

This page will be updated as we have more advice for members of the profession.

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