New Zealand Law Society - Access


After hours access is available at most libraries to members holding a current Practising Certificate or current Associate Membership.
The Ministry of Justice agrees to the NZ Law Society Library providing after-hours access at courthouse sites for the purpose of lawyers' legal research only. All reasonable care must be taken by lawyers using library facilities after-hours.

Auckland High Court

An access card is required for entry to the library.
24 hour access is available for lawyers with an access card, via the Anzac Avenue door.

A request for an access card to the Auckland Library can be made using this application form or by applying in person at the Library. Identification is required to collect a card. The cost is $24 (excl. GST).

Christchurch Library

The Library is located in the Justice & Emergency Services Precinct (Emergency Services Building, B2 entrance on Tuam Street). The Library's after-hours entrance is located just outside the ESB main entrance on the ground floor.

A Lawyers’ access card (CJESP) is required for after-hours access to the Library.

Hamilton High Court

The Hamilton Library is accessible during office hours in the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch Office. After hours access is through a side door (glass door beside the main entrance), then left into the Law Society door.

After hours by code (from Law Society).

Otago Library

Contact the Branch Manager to enquire.

Rotorua High/District Courts

The Rotorua Library is on the first floor of the Court building, with card and pin code access. After hours access is available from the back of the building (get details from Security Office during Court hours).
Obtain swipe cards and pin code from Security Office at the main entrance to building.

Permanent cards cost $20.00.

Thames District Court

Access to the Thames Library is available from the second door on the left as you enter the public foyer.

After-hours key access available to practitioners ($25.00 p/a), enquire at the Registrar.

Wellington High Court

A request for an after hours access card to the Wellington Library can be made using this application form or by applying in person at the Library. The cost is $24 (excl. GST).

Whanganui High/District Courts

Contact directly to enquire.

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