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Indigenous Children and Youth: The Case of Marae Courts in Aotearoa/Newzealand

Toki, Valmaine

Marae-based Courts are an initiative of the Judiciary that builds on existing programmes for offenders such as Te Whanau Awhina, and informed by the Koori Courts in Australia. This is the first time that a New Zealand court has conducted criminal cases on a Marae within the jurisdiction of the Youth Court. Most offenders referred to the programme are Maori and the process incorporates Maori tikanga (Maori customs).

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Published In
Indigenous Peoples’ Access To Justice, Including Truth And Reconciliation Processes
243 - 254
Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
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New York
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Institute for the Study of Human Rights


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