Act Party leader Dr Jamie Whyte said the party wants to
see Youth Court and Family Court open to public scrutiny.
Dr Whyte said in a policy announcement today that there
should be a right to access Youth Court and Family Court
Media should be able to report on cases through the Youth
Court and Family Court in a similar way they can report on
District Court proceedings, he said.
"The Act Party is campaigning to end secret courts" Dr Whyte
"There is no way of analysing and understanding what is going
on in the family court.
"There are disturbing stories that evidence in Family Court
cases is unreliable."
Dr Whyte said the "secrecy" of the Youth Court was the
biggest problem in the youth justice system.
"It is a wholly unjustified violation of the principle of
The party supported names and identifying details of parties
remaining suppressed, Dr Whyte said.
Act Party policy on opening up Youth Court and Family
• Publish all judgments of the Youth Court and Family Court
• Media should be able to attend and report on proceedings in
the youth and family courts
• A general right to access formal court records in the youth
and family courts.
• The names of judges, lawyers, government witnesses, expert
witnesses and the like should always be public.
• The names or identifying details of parties would remain