Youth Court

The following links to Youth Court information, research material, judicial newsletters and speeches will help inform you about what goes on at the Youth Court and it works.

  • About the Youth Courts

    The Youth Court is a division of the District Court. Young people aged between 14 and 16 who commit offences (and sometimes 12 and 13 if their offending is particularly serious)...

  • Newsletters

    There are three newsletters published by the Principal Youth Court Judge. The latest newsletters are featured and available to download from this page. Previous issues dating back to 2001 are...

  • Online Summary Database

    Note that this database was transferred from the previous site. Summaries from 1988-1990 and 2012 to 2016 are available to view online by clicking on a date in the right-hand...

  • Youth Search Tips

    On these pages there is a link to a list of all youth judgments, and information to help you find judgments and information relevant to youth matters.  It contains some...

  • Youth Publications

    Youth Court related publications:    “Barriers to engagement: enabling full participation in the justice system for young people” *A paper delivered by Judge John Walker, * *Principal Youth Court Judge for New Zealand to...