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State of National Emergency

Police service update

At 11.59pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020, New Zealand moved to COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

This means New Zealanders not working in essential services must stay at home and stop all interactions with others outside of their household.

During this time Police will continue to provide essential policing services.

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Police Prosecution Service

There are over 300 staff (including 212 prosecutors) within the Police Prosecution Service. They are spread between a national office in Wellington and 41 offices throughout the country, servicing over 60 district courts.

Map of PPS offices and district/region boundaries

The Police Prosecution Service:

  • Conducts proceedings for all category 1-3 criminal and traffic prosecutions commenced by Police, from first appearance to disposal, including Case Review and Trial as required (except where the proceeding becomes a Crown Prosecution e.g. jury trials)
  • Conducts proceedings for Youth Court prosecutions
  • advocates for Police at coroners' inquests as required
  • supports Districts at miscellaneous hearings as required
  • administers the Police Adult Diversion Scheme