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

12/03/2021: Auckland moved to Alert Level 1 at midday, bringing the city inline with the rest of Aotearoa.  

Alert Level 1 protocols will be in place at courts in Auckland from Saturday 13 March. The Courts of New Zealand website has information about what to expect. 

Anyone visiting court anywhere in the country is asked to record their visit either via scanning a QR code or taking a written record. You are also encouraged to wear a mask and continue to physically distance from others. 

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 Covid19@lawsociety.org.nz.

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

Courts

Alert Level 1 protocols are in place at courts in Auckland and the rest of Aotearoa from Saturday 13 March.

The Courts of New Zealand website has information about what to expect. 

Anyone visiting court anywhere in the country is asked to record their visit either via scanning a QR code or taking a written record. You are also encouraged to wear a mask and continue to physically distance from others. 

Law Society services

Our Auckland office is open but some staff continue to work from home. The Auckland Law Library is open. For research and document delivery requests please email auckland@nzlibrary.org.nz or call 09 304 1020. Our other offices and libraries around the country are all open.

Our Law Libraries are staffed between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Please contact us with any research or document delivery requests at auckland@nzlslibrary.org.nz, wellington@nzlslibrary.org.nz or canterbury@nzlslibrary.org.nz or submit a request via the website.

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 Covid-19@lawsociety.org.nz

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

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