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The new online registry was launched Tuesday 10th December 2019 by the Ministry of Justice. This project is the culmination of several years of work by the Ministry of Justice, Asia Development Bank, and ParadigmApps, with the additional support of AusAid, the New Zealand government, and the Cook Islands government....
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PUBLIC NOTICE: Public Counter Service Hours from March 2022

Effective Monday 7th March 2022, due to staff capacity constraints and implementation of covid19 protocols, the Ministry of Justice will be reducing the Rarotonga office hours of when its service counters are open to the public to 10am to 2pm, unless by appointment. Members of the public are encouraged to call ahead on (682) 29410 or  email to schedule an appointment. Make an Appointment

This change will only impact services provided over the counter; court schedules will continue to operate as normal.

 With the new national Covid-19 Alert Level System launched 27th April 2021, the following measures are applicable to ALL PERSONS visiting the Ministry of Justice in Rarotonga:


Alert Level 1: Prepare

Cook Islands = NO Covid-19 | New Zealand = NO Community Transmission

  • Must register visit before entering building either through CookSafe card system or the Computer Kiosk station.
  • Wash and dry hands thoroughly, cough into elbow, don’t touch your face.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, report flu-like symptoms to Ministry of Health.

 Alert Level 2: Reduce

Cook Islands = NO Covid-19 | New Zealand = YES Community Transmission

In addition to Alert Level 1 measures:

  • Maintain physical distancing of 2 metres away from persons outside your bubble.
  • Number of persons in courtrooms and foyer may be limited.
  • Recent travellers must follow any isolation/quarantine advice from Ministry of Health.

Alert Level 3: Restrict

Cook Islands = Covid-19 DETECTED

  • Building will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
  • Scheduled appointments will be postponed/rescheduled.
  • Some court hearings may continue via web conferencing (Zoom). Zoom capability must be setup and tested with staff in advance.
  • Face coverings mandatory for staff (essential workers) in building.
  • Working from home will be implemented on a limited basis.
  • Communication by email, but Public to expect delays in response.
  • Court applications may be filed digitally to the Registrar, with originals to be delivered to Ministry of Justice when Alert Level is 1 or 2.

Alert Level 4: Lockdown

Cook Islands = 2+ Covid-19 cases

In addition to Alert Level 3 measures:

  • Expect reduced capacity for court hearings by web conferencing (Zoom).
  • Expect additional delays in responses.