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.
If a child under 16 breaks the law, they can get legal help. What they’ll get depends on their age.
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.
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