Youth Court

COVID-19 update 13 August 2020

Protocols for how courts and tribunals will operate during COVID-19 Alert Level 3 (Auckland) and Alert Level 2 (rest of NZ) have been released on the Courts of NZ website. All jury trials in the Auckland region are suspended until Monday, 17 August. Jury trials throughout the rest of the country will resume today, Thursday 13 August.

Read the District Court protocol on the Courts of NZ website

IMPORTANT: We care about your wellbeing and the health of the wider community. Please don't attend court if you have cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, coughing, or difficulty breathing.

If you've been told to attend court, but have cold or flu-like symptoms, please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) to talk to our team about your court appearance.

Frequently asked questions for professionals regarding Youth Court at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 [PDF, 92KB]

Frequently asked questions for professionals regarding Youth Court at COVID-19 Alert Level 2 [PDF, 113KB]

More information can be found on our COVID-19 information hub.


The Youth Court deals with criminal offending by children and young people that is too serious to be dealt with by the police in the community. It is governed by the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

This website is hosted by the Ministry of Justice, but the Youth Court is independent of Government.

Youth Court Factsheet [PDF, 40 KB]

  • About Youth Court »

    What to expect at Youth Court, who is in the Court room and what happens after you have had a hearing.

  • Youth justice »

    The principles that underpin the youth justice system, and the history of its development in New Zealand.

  • Media & newsletters »

    Reporting by media is subject to restrictions in the Youth Court. Here you will find media protocol and guidance about what will be appropriate.

  • Decisions »

    The Youth Court publishes summaries of decisions to comply with the law. These decisions have been made anonymous to protect the identities of young people involved.