1. Courts Schedule restrictions (AA43 and AA886) apply to all non-criminal files.
2. Criminal Files are covered by AA886 and AA231 (Criminal matters records) - In general, records containing information relating to criminal matters will no longer be restricted after 100 years has passed since the date of last action on the record. However, some records, or parts of records, may be sealed or restricted for longer periods by a court order.
Access to criminal records less than 100 years old may be subject to restrictions. Such restrictions would be applied to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Privacy Act 1993 and/or the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004, as well as other legislation which controls access to court records.
Permission to access restricted records should be sought from the Napier High/District Court. Please check the Ministry of Justice’s website for the most up to date contact details at:
Please note: additional rules regarding copying and publication etc. may be imposed by the relevant court or the Ministry of Justice at the time of granting access to restricted records.
All criminal records under 100 years old are restricted. Some records may also be sealed or restricted for longer periods by a court order. All requests for permission to access restricted records should provide information about the reason for the research. The more information provided, the easier it is to consider the request.
Requests to access Court criminal records (High Court, District Court, Court of Appeal) held at Archives NZ should also be directed to:
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Once you have been granted access, bring the original letter with you when you place your order for the records.
Restriction does not expire.