Youth Search Tips

On these pages there is a link to a list of all youth judgments, and information to help you find judgments and information relevant to youth matters.  It contains some common keywords that you can use to help with your search and practical hints for quickly finding what you are looking for.


The following link will open a list of all of the youth related judgments available on this database. The list has the most recently published judments at the top.

Judgments on youth matters that are heard in the Youth Court are each given a Medium Neutral Citation (MNC) — this includes the year that the matter was heard, a court identifier, a unique number and the names of the parties to the case. Youth decisions appear in the following format on this website - GA v HK [2016] NZYC 1234.


The youth keyword list contains keywords - words, phrases and legislation commonly referred to in youth judgements on this site.  To find a youth judgment:

  1. Find a word, phrase or legislation title and/or section number relating to the matter you want to search on from the keyword list.
  2. Enter a keyword or phrase into the search box.
  3. Select Youth from the Filter Search dropdown.
  4. Press enter.

To limit the number of search results returned you can also filter by the year and full date that the judgment was published on this site.


Note that Youth Court decisions are not able to be searched using the original party names.

Youth Court judgments in this database have been anonymised — real names are replaced with initials and, where it is appropriate by editing and removing information that would allow any protected parties to be identified.

Identifying information or information within a judgment that has been removed to comply with legal requirements is identified by [ ] for example, [address deleted].

Content or names within judgments in this database may be suppressed because of a statutory provision, a suppression order of the court, or an order made in the course of delivering judgment.

Some published judgments may contain banners noting that a statutory suppression order applies or a court order may be noted in the judgment, these decisions are only published after the names have been changed and and any identifying details of the protected person have been redacted.

For more information on statutory prohibitions see:

Important note before reporting/republishing Youth Court decisions

Any person, including news media,1 wishing to publish or report from Youth Court decisions published on this website are advised that under s 438 (1) of the Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1989, will need the leave of the court which heard the proceedings to do so.

Application for leave can be made to the presiding judge via the registrar at the court where the case was dealt with, or by emailing the Chief District Court Judge's Chambers:


1  Note that this requirement does not apply to bonafide professional or technical publications that meet the definition in s 148(2).