Youth Court publications

This page features articles and speeches by the Principal Youth Court Judge, and the Chief District Court Judge, relating to the Youth Court.


"Running Interference"

A speech delivered by Judge John Walker, Principal Youth Court Judge, to the Blue Light International Conference.

Queenstown, New Zealand, 18 October 2019


Opening address of Chief Judge Jan-Marie Doogue to the Youth Court Judges’ Triennial Conference

Auckland, New Zealand, 22–24 July 2019


"Barriers to engagement: enabling full participation in the justice system for young people."

Adelaide, Australia, 7 November 2018

A paper delivered by Judge John Walker, Principal Youth Court Judge, to the Justice for Young People Conference.


“Am I part of this? Is this really anything to do with me?
Fostering engagement and procedural fairness in the youth justice system.”

Melbourne, Australia, Thursday 11 October 2018

A paper delivered by Judge John Walker, Principal Youth Court Judge, to the Children’s Court of Victoria Conference.


Te Kōti Rangatahi ki Whangārei

Te Kōti Rangatahi ki Whangārei, Terenga Paraoa Marae, 24 February 2018

Speech by Judge John Walker, Te Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Koti Taiohi (Principal Youth Court Judge), on the occasion of the launch of the Northland region's first Rangatahi Court at Whangārei's Terenga Paraoa Marae.

"Te Kōti Rangatahi provide this sense of identity and belonging, knowing where one fits in the world."


Taking lessons from the Rangatahi Courts

In this article Judge John Walker, Principal Youth Court Judge, examines the special contribution of Rangatahi Courts to youth justice, and their further potential.

First published: Issue 3, 16 February 2018, Auckland District Law Society publication LawNews at (2018) 3 LawNews 1

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When the vulnerable offend – whose fault is it?

Darwin, Australia, 27 September 2017

Address delivered by Judge John Walker, Te Kaiwhakawā Matua o te Koti Taiohi (Principal Youth Court Judge) to the Northern Territory Council of Social Services Conference.

"At one time they are vulnerable children in need of care and protection and then their offending behaviour, emerging out of the very same vulnerability, changes the game. Suddenly, it is all their fault. The long term protection of communities from offending behaviour, the reclaiming of young lives, requires ongoing recognition of what lies beneath the behaviour, and effectively addressing it. Youth Courts have a vital role in leading this response."