The Courthouse Liaison Committee is comprised of practitioners from a wide range of practice areas who all have extensive experience with the District Courts in the Auckland region as well as the Auckland High Court. Promoting the efficient operation of New Zealand courthouses is the main aim of the committee, which regularly liaises with stakeholders including the courts, the judiciary, and the Ministry of Justice. The Committee also has a strong interest in access to legislation and case law through online legal publishers.
A major area of focus for the committee in 2020 is the development of a protocol on the use of cell phones by practitioners and unrepresented litigants in courtrooms. The rules on cell phone usage are currently ambiguous and perhaps outdated, which has led to some confusion amongst the profession. The committee will draft the protocol and then consult with other relevant stakeholders before putting the protocol to the Chief Justice for her consideration.