The Ministry of Justice provides data to Statistics New Zealand about children (aged 10-13) and young people (aged 14-16) charged in court for official release on their website. In March, we release the calendar year tables (year ending 31 December). In September, we release the financial year tables (year ending 30 June).
Ministry of Justice child and youth data is presented on two tables on the Statistics New Zealand's NZ.Stat tool
Each of these tables contains information on the age, gender, and ethnicity of the children and young people, and the offence type prosecuted. These tables go back as far as 1992.
Children and young people who are convicted of an offence in the District or High Court are included in the Child and Youth Prosecution Statistics as well as those whose charges are proved in the Youth Court. Including these convicted children and young people in the Child and Youth Prosecution Statistics provides a clearer picture of what is happening for all youth offenders, rather than just those who appear in the Youth Court.
All numbers in the Child and Youth Prosecution Statistics are rounded to the nearest multiple of three, with the exception of zeroes, which remain as zeroes. The Youth Court is closed to the public, so any details that may identify an individual young person cannot be reported.
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