Youth Court

UPDATE 13 September 2021: The Auckland region is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4. Everywhere else in Aotearoa New Zealand is at Delta Alert Level 2.

Courts remain an essential service throughout all COVID-19 alert levels but will operate differently. For more information about how courts are currently operating, please refer to: Information for all court and tribunal users.

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

We are following Ministry of Health guidelines to protect the health and safety of all court participants and staff. Follow the link above to court protocols for information applicable to your region. Court participants are strongly encouraged to download the NZ COVID Tracer app and scan the COVID-19 QR code using their mobile devices.

Please download the latest health and safety factsheet from the top of our COVID-19 hub page and please keep checking our Latest COVID-19 Updates page for new information.

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.