Shortly after a National State of Emergency was declared today, our Chief Justice has clarified how Courts intend to operate under Alert Level 4 COVID-19. Each Court has released its own protocols providing helpful guidance for litigants which can be viewed on the Courts of New Zealand website.
The clear message is that:
We anticipate that there will be further updates to come to deal with specific and novel situations arising - whether it be statutory time bars, swearing affidavits or arranging service of legal documents.
Currently we are drawing on our expertise with AV technology and paperless files to assist our clients with current and future claims in this evolving situation. In addition we are utilizing alternative dispute resolution options such as mediation by AVL for those who wish to maintain momentum with their claims.
Should you have any questions around these changes in the Courts and wider dispute resolution options, please do not hesitate to contact our dispute resolution experts.