How am I currently operating
My team and I will continue to operate through the lockdown. We are well set up and adjusted to working remotely. For the most part it is business as usual. However, face-to-face meetings are now being conducted over Zoom or phone conferences.
There will be some situations, such as swearing an affidavit or certifying a settlement agreement, where it may not be possible to do remotely.
The Ministry of Justice had advised the Family Court will continue to operate through all pandemic alert levels but on a reduced capacity, dealing with priority proceedings. Priority proceedings are those relating to safety or liberty, such as protection orders or urgent without notice applications. . Cases that are not priority proceedings will be rescheduled to the next available date.For more information, read the court protocols here – https://www.courtsofnz.govt.nz/publications/announcements/covid-19/court-protocols/district-court/
The uncertainty during this period will be overwhelming for many people. If you are in need of support, please contact the below helplines.
- 1737 – Free call or text 1737 any time for support from a trained counsellor.
- Lifeline – 0800 543 354 or free text 4357 (HELP)
- Youthline – 0800 376 633 or free text 234
- Samaritans – 0800 726 666