If you're enrolled to vote, you can be asked to serve on a jury once every 2 years.
When you’re arrested, you have the right to get legal help before you say or do anything. You don’t have to make a statement, but you do have to tell the police some basic information about yourself.
If you can't afford to pay for a lawyer, you can apply for legal aid.
If you're asked to give evidence in court, you’ll have to swear to tell the truth and answer any questions the judge says you have to answer.
You'll first appear to enter a plea. If you plead not guilty, you'll appear again at a later date. If you plead guilty, you'll either be sentenced immediately or appear later for sentencing.
If a child under 16 breaks the law, they can get legal help. What they’ll get depends on their age.
New Zealand's 59 district courts deal with both criminal and civil matters. You can also pay fines at these courts.
The High Court deals with the most serious cases and offences, and can impose higher sentences than other courts.
Fill out your details below if you would like a reply
We'll only use this to reply to your message. Read our privacy statement
Page last updated: 12 May 2016
Crown Copyright 2016
Unless indicated otherwise, all content on Govt.nz is licensed for re-use under a Creative
Commons 4.0 International Licence