Youth Court

UPDATE 22 September 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3. The remainder of Aotearoa New Zealand is at Alert Level 2.

Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but are operating differently.

Please do not come to the courthouse if you are feeling unwell. Contact 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) if you cannot enter the courthouse or are not sure whether to attend. Find contact details for a court or tribunal.

Health and Safety

We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. 

Entry to court buildings is restricted during heightened alert levels. For those permitted in court buildings, please wear a mask, wash/sanitise your hands, and maintain social distancing.

Everyone entering the court is required to sign in. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and use mobile devices to scan the COVID-19 QR code at the main entrance of a courthouse, or use the manual contact tracing register.

Follow the link above to court protocols for information applicable to your region. 

There is more information in our health and safety factsheets available from the top of our COVID-19 hub page.

For more information for court users, see: Information for all court and tribunal users.

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.