Access to Court documents

Obtaining a copy of my file or a document from my file

To get a copy of your file or a document from your file contact the registry of the Employment Court.

Obtaining a copy of another person’s file or a document from another person’s file

To ask for a copy of another person’s file or a document from another person’s file you must apply to the registry and tell us your grounds and reasons for your request (this includes the media). The registrar or a judge will decide if you can have it.

Fill in the application for access to court documents form [PDF, 134 KB] and send it to the registry.

Search the Employment Court register

If you want us to search the Employment Court's register, we need you to send a search request and pay the fee:

  • $30 for the search (first name or case search)
  • $5 for every subsequent name or case searched.

You can pay the fee in cash (please do not post the cash payment), by cheque made out to ‘Ministry of Justice’, online by direct credit or over the counter of any Westpac bank branch. 

Fill in the search request form [PDF, 83 KB]

Find out more about paying the search fee [PDF, 36 KB]

Obtaining a copy of a document from an archived file

The registry keeps files on site for at least 10 years and older files are archived with Archives New Zealand.

If you need a document from an archived file please contact the registry. To help us find the file quickly tell us as many details you know (for example: parties’ names, file number, the registry a file was held in).

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