New Zealand's 59 district courts deal with both criminal and civil matters. You can also pay fines at these courts.
Kids aged 12 to 16 who’ve been charged with a crime will go to a youth court. Youth courts are part of the District Courts.
If a child under 16 breaks the law, they can get legal help. What they’ll get depends on their age.
The High Court deals with the most serious cases and offences, and can impose higher sentences than other courts.
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.
The Family Court is part of the District Court. It’s a place where New Zealanders can get help with family problems and ensure children’s interests are represented.
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