Young Adult List Court Initiative

The Young Adult List (YAL) is a judicially-led initiative being piloted in the Porirua District Court that aims to support young adults aged 18 to 25 to more easily understand and engage with the court process.

The initiative introduces new and redesigned court processes to recognise and adjust for special characteristics that limit executive functioning (thinking, memory and focus) that are prevalent amongst young adults. The Porirua District Court was chosen for the pilot because it is well connected with the local community and community services.

Te Tāhū o te Ture - the Ministry of Justice commissioned Artemis Research New Zealand to conduct both a formative evaluation and a short-term outcome evaluation of the Young Adult List initiative.

You can read the full evaluation report at:

Young Adult List final evaluation report July 2021 [PDF, 569 KB]