If English is not your first language you can have an interpreter when you give your evidence. You do not have to pay for an interpreter.
Apply for an interpreter
If you need an interpreter to help you give evidence in court, follow the court proceedings or to talk to a court victim advisor, you will need to complete a form and take it to the court that is hearing the case before the date of the hearing.
It is a good idea to complete the form as soon as possible before the hearing so that the case is not delayed.
- Complete the form Request for an interpreter(external link) (PDF, 161KB), and
- Take or send it to the court that is hearing the case(external link).
Talk to the police or a court victim advisor if you need help getting an interpreter or filling out the form.
Right to speak official languages
If you’re a witness in court, you have the right to speak Māori or use New Zealand Sign Language in any legal proceedings. If you’re not a witness, you may speak Māori or use New Zealand Sign Language if the judge says you can.
If you intend to speak Māori in court, you will need to complete the form called ‘Notice of Intention to Speak Māori’ available from your local court.