Youth justice speeches

Presentations by the Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft.

10 myths about Family Group Conferences

Description: Discusses common myths about what a FGC really is.

10 myths about Family Group Conferences [PDF, 165 KB]

Playing to win – youth offenders out of court (and sometimes in): restorative practices in the New Zealand youth justice system

Description: In 1989, the New Zealand youth justice system underwent a seismic shift. Over the next 25 years the system’s architecture was rebuilt and current youth justice theory, principles and practices are virtually unrecognisable from their pre-1989 counterparts.

Playing to win – youth offenders out of court (and sometimes in) [PDF, 241 KB]

The Youth Courts of New Zealand in 10 years time: Crystal ball gazing or some realistic goals for the future

Description:  Discusses the top 5 areas that will transform  the Youth Court system in the future

The Youth Courts of New Zealand in 10 years time [PDF, 635 KB]

The rise & rise of lay advocates in Aotearoa New Zealand

Description: Discusses the history, scope and role of the lay advocate.

The rise & rise of lay advocates in Aotearoa New Zealand [PDF, 266 KB]

It’s all relative: the absolute importance of the family in youth justice (a New Zealand perspective)

Description: details how important family involvement is – but how hard it is to implement in practice, and New Zealand’s mechanisms, interventions and programmes with families

Summary of the speech: It’s all relative: the absolute importance of the family in youth justice  [PDF, 185 KB]

It’s all relative: the absolute importance of the family in youth justice [PDF, 444 KB]

Signed, sealed – (but not yet fully) delivered

Description:  Analysis of the revolutionary 1989 legislative blueprint to address youth offending in New Zealand, particularly by young Māori, and a discussion as to the extent to which it has been fully realised.

Signed, sealed – (but not yet fully) delivered [PDF, 817 KB]

10 suggested characteristics of a good youth justice system

Description: Summary of 10 suggested characteristics that a good youth justice system might contain. Together they comprise what could be called a Pacific specific, youth focussed, juvenile justice system.

10 suggested characteristics of a good youth justice system [PDF, 188 KB]

15-point assessment of a youth justice system

Description:  Based on the 10 characteristics paper (above) gives 15 important criteria by which any youth justice system can be assessed.

15-point assessment of a youth justice system [PDF, 98 KB]

10 ideas that might cross-pollinate from the Youth Court into the adult district criminal court

Description: Discusses ways the Youth Court works that could benefit the District Court.

10 ideas that might cross-pollinate from the Youth Court into the adult district criminal court [PDF, 301 KB]

 

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