High Court in Wellington remains closed while engineers assess its structure

The High Court building in Wellington is closed in the meantime pending further checks.
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The High Court building in Wellington is closed in the meantime pending further checks.

The High Court building in Wellington remains closed but other courts in the region will open on Thursday after being checked for earthquake damage.

The Ministry of Justice said the High Court building was closed until further notice while engineers assess it further.

The court building is on Molesworth St, but is outside the cordon around a building that is at risk of collapsing.

Urgent High Court business would be conducted at other courts.

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Other courts returned to normal on Wednesday, except the Supreme Court which reopens on Thursday.

The ministry's head office in Thorndon was structurally sound but had water damage from burst pipes. Plans were being made for staff to return.

Outside Wellington, the Blenheim courthouse has reopened. 

The other building that had been closed, the Maori Land Court building in Christchurch, has also reopened. 

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