The Justice Precinct was placed in lockdown about 2.20pm with a warning on the public address system that staff and visitors should stay away from external windows and close blinds if possible. Armed police were reported outside the entrances.
“There are reports of active shooters in the Christchurch area,” the announcement said.
The building was being locked down to protect from potential threats.
District Court judges were away at a seminar today and arrests were being handled by Justices of the Peace. That afternoon session was delayed, but the JPs remained at the court where the staff closed blinds, to try to get the arrests processed.
The staff were told not to go ahead with the sitting, but there were hopes the arrests could be dealt with later in the afternoon.