Modern tools for Auckland’s busiest courts – new WiFi availability

The Ministry of Justice has advised that WiFi access is now available in the Waitakere and Manukau District Court buildings. WiFi access is now also available in the Auckland and North Shore District Court buildings.

Lawyers, judges, media and other people working in Waitakere and Manukau district courts can access Ministry-supported WiFi from their mobile devices as part of this new initiative. Availability also commenced from 1 August for Auckland and the North Shore.

“The WiFi service is part of our commitment to modernising courts and to continuously improve the service we provide the judiciary, parties and other government agencies,” says Heather Baggott, General Manager District Courts, Ministry of Justice.

“We’re pleased to make it easier for people to access the information they need digitally. People working in the courts will be able to access legislation and case law online, rather than having to carry paper copies.”

“The Ministry is monitoring use of the service to help decide if further expansion is needed in other court buildings. WiFi has been available in our dedicated higher court buildings since February 2016, and the service has run smoothly and been well used.”

Ministry of Justice-supported WiFi is intended to support the court process and assist justice sector agencies and stakeholders use their electronic devices for work purposes only. Access is given at the discretion of the court manager, and is only available to government employees, lawyers, parties who are self-representing, and accredited media. WiFi is not intended for witnesses, defendants or members of the public.

Passwords are issued on a seven-day and 90-day basis and must be used in accordance with the Ministry’s terms of use.

If you require WiFi access, a password and terms of use can be obtained from Court Service Managers at the District Courts. Contacts are:

• Lauren Stephenson (Waitakere DC) Lauren.Stephenson@justice.govt.nz;

• Anita Edwards (Manukau DC) Anita.Edwards@justice.govt.nz;

• Patricia Deacon (Auckland DC) Patricia.Deacon@justice.govt.nz; and

• Craig Walker (North Shore DC) Craig.Walker@justice.govt.nz.

WiFi is not yet available in the Chorus Building, so it will only be available in the Employment and Environment Courts, Coroners Court or any of the Tribunals if they are sitting in the Auckland District Court Building.

In those instances, WiFi passwords will be able to be obtained from the following Ministry Managers:

• Harry Johnson (Employment and Environment Courts) Harry.Johnson@justice.govt.nz;

• Jessie Henderson (Tribunals, Auckland) Jessie.Henderson@justice.govt.nz; and

• Malcolm Mott (Service Manager, Northern Region Coronial Services) Malcolm.Mott@justice.govt.nz.

WiFi does not impact the current in-court guidelines around electronic device use while court is in session. See more about media coverage in court.

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