In response to COVID-19, we are modifying some of our usual practice approaches to keep our staff, tamariki and communities safe.

Maintaining COVID-19 safe and aware practice

We have updated our guidance for Alert Level 2. Keep checking back for updates and new guidance, including our contact tracing requirements (PDF 133KB), guidance for holding tamariki and rangatahi related in-person meetings (PDF 203KB) and the planning tool for holding FGCs and hui person to person safely (PDF 168KB).

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Last updated: 14/05/2020

Youth justice

Summary of youth justice guidance relating to COVID-19.

Summary of guidance

Guidance Key factors to take into account Related guidance
Youth justice

Continue to use the abridged ROIT to explore alternative to custody and challenge Police opposition and work with Police where COVID-19 is a factor.

Visits to rangatahi in Police custody will continue to be guided by Police protocols. Contact the Duty Sargeant or Watch house Sargeant for advice.

The Police Custody Handover Document must continue to be filled out.

When engaging with rangatahi continue to explore with them their understanding of the COVID-19 Alert Level and the associated restrictions.

Continue to assess what can be achieved of agreed decisions, plans and orders, noting that partners and providers may have service limitations.

Maintain regular contact with the provider as part of engaging with the rangatahi to ensure rangatahi and whānau are aware of what they should be doing.

Abridged Remand Options Investigation Tool (ROIT) (staff resource) (PDF 110KB)

Police custody handover form – example (staff resource) (DOCX 226KB)

Youth Court

The Ministry of Justice has released Court protocols which have been designed to keep court users safe and we must follow these when attending and interacting with the Court.

The step down to Alert Level 2 is in force from the Monday after the transition.

Most Court appearances will return to in person using infection prevention and control processes, but considerations for remote attendance need to be made where vulnerable people might be attendees or have close contact with attendees. 

Dispensation for travel inter-regionally may also be considered.

Youth Court

In Youth Court, the appointment system will continue to be used. First appearances of rangatahi arrested in Police custody may be heard by AVL.

Youth Advocates can continue make applications for attendance to be excused where appropriate and Youth Court sittings on Marae and at Pasifika venues will not resume until it is considered by all participants to be safe to do so.

Court attendance

Decisions about whether a staff member can safely attend Youth Court should be made in consultation with a Youth Court Supervisor.

This decision is based on attendance being consistent with protocols and that court has undertaken appropriate steps to ensure onsite safety. Concerns about safety should be brought to the attention of Court staff.

Court protocols during COVID-19 alert levels — District Court of NZ website