lay advocate Youth Court of New Zealand- OIA act request

john luke made this Official Information request to Ministry of Justice

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From: john luke

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I noted on your website:

I understand "The Court may appoint a Lay Advocate to support the young person and their whānau/family in Court."

May I ask court's process of appoint a Lay Advocate and do you have a list of Lay Advocate that you have recognised? How can someone become a Lay Advocate, does it done by application to the Court or any other ways? How much fees they been paid? If you do have a list of Lay Advocate, may I kindly request the list you have held national wide.

Also, can you please provide the number of instance of Lay Advocate been appointed each actual year from 2015-2019 by the format of,
Year of 2019
total youth court cases 100
total instance of Lay Advocate been appointed 50

If possible, can you separate by region, if not, I am happy to just have the national wide data.

Yours faithfully,

john luke

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Kia ora Mr Luke

We acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act request regarding Lay Advocates in Youth Court.

This has been forwarded onto the relevant business unit to respond to.

You can expect a response by 07 September 2020.

Official Correspondence
Strategy, Governance and Finance
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Kia ora,


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Nga mihi,



Julia Goode
Media Manager|Communication Services
Ministry of Justice | Tāhū o te Ture
P +64 4 918 8836 | Ext 58836 | M 021 636 416
DX Box SX10088 | Wellington
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