Who is in the court room
There are a lot of different people in a Youth Court hearing. Find out who could be in the room.
- Judge: the Judge will hear from the parties and make the final decision
- Court taker
- Police youth aid officer
- Youth Advocate: a lawyer who is specially-trained in youth justice
- Young person
- Probation officer
- Lay advocate: a specially-appointed person who will bring to the attention of the Court important cultural information about the young person and their whānau. They are not legally-trained.
- Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children social worker
- Alcohol & drug clinician or youth forensic services worker
- Education officer
- Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children youth justice coordinator
- Young person's family and whānau
The victim is entitled to attend the Youth Court hearing.
The young person may speak in English, te reo Māori, sign language, or any other lanugage with the assistance of an interpreter.
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