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.
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.
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 rise & rise of lay advocates in Aotearoa New Zealand
Description: Discusses the history, scope and role of the lay advocate.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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