On 6 April, the Employment Court updated its advice for litigants and their representatives for the period in which New Zealand is under Alert Level 4. The Court is open for essential services. Its Judges are contacting representatives to discuss how any matter currently before it can be dealt with, which may include dealing with matters on the papers, by adjournment, or by telephone or audio-visual link.
The Court will publicly notify matters set down for hearing on both its website and its Twitter account, which will enable those with an interest to contact the Registry in order that access arrangements can be put in place.
The advice notes that the Court will not generally accept unsworn affidavits. It refers practitioners to guidance issued by the New Zealand Law Society. This guidance recommends procedures by which a lawyer can remotely administer an oath or declaration while ensuring that the document would be accepted as binding by the authority it was offered to.
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