Access restrictions may apply to both record lists and the records themselves.
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 matters 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. Access to these records may be obtained via an application to the Minister for Courts, via the Ministry of Justice, or the relevant court.
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.
Permission to access restricted records should be sought from the New Plymouth District Court. Please check the following website for the most up to date contact details at:
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.
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Once you have been granted access, bring the original letter with you when you place your order for the records.