Employment Court

Employment Court: Covid-19 Alert Level 4

Media statement : Note from Chief Justice Winkelmann

Chief Justice's letter to the profession: COVID-19 - court operations at alert level 4

Third Message from Chief Justice as to effects of Covid-19 outbreak on Court business

Employment Court: Covid-19 Alert Levels 3-4

Employment Court: Covid-19 Alert Level 2 [PDF, 58KB]

Second Message from Chief Justice as to effects of Covid-19 outbreak on court business [PDF, 184KB]

First Message from Chief Justice as to effects of a Covid-19 outbreak on court business [PDF, 175KB]

E nga mana, E nga reo, E nga waka, E nga hau e wha o te motu, Nau mai, piki mai, haere mai, Haere mai ki te Koti Take a mahi

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The Employment Court hears and determines cases relating to employment disputes. These include challenges to determinations of the Employment Relations Authority, questions of interpretation of law, and disputes over strikes and lockouts.

This site does not contain legal advice. The information does not necessarily apply to every case, and is subject to the relevant provisions in the Employment Relations Act 2000, the Employment Court Regulations 2000, and practice directions issued by the judges. Some of these sources are referred to on this website. If you want to know more about your employment rights or have an employment relationship problem please go to Employment New Zealand

  • About the Employment Court »

    The history of the Employment Court and its judges. The kind of cases the Court hears.

  • Information & guidance »

    How you can get legal advice and representation. What to do if you are not represented by a lawyer or advocate. Obtaining copies of documents from the files and information for the media.

  • Apply to the Employment Court »

    Steps to resolve an employment relationship problem. How to complete, file and serve documents. Challenging a determination of the Employment Relations Authority, and filing other applications.

  • What to expect at the Employment Court »

    Employment Court processes, after the commencement of proceedings, during the hearing through to what happens after a judgment is issued.

  • Employment Court forms & fees »

    Templates that you can download and information about fees.

  • Judgments »

    Search and download judgments issued since 2006, and find information about how to access earlier judgments.

  • Practice directions, legislation & rules »

    Relevant laws relating to employment issues and the rules that govern how the Court operates.

  • Contact us »

    Contact the Employment Court registries in Auckland and Wellington.

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