by Selwyn Manning
Auckland’s District and High Courts will partially close down over the next two weeks, but that people apprehended during this time must still appear before the judiciary.
Fears had arisen that those arrested and taken into police custody would not be able to appear before the courts until the APEC leader’s meetings had ended.
But the Department of Courts has said while Auckland’s courts will be closed to non essential services, if someone is arrested during the two weeks of partial closure, they can still expect to appear in court the day following their arrest.
Tracy Brown, District court manager, says criminal
court sittings have been reduced because police court staff
have been re-assigned to APEC duties. There will be no
criminal jury trials or hearings during the APEC