Source: (1998) Judicial Review. 3(4): 215- 249.

This article examines the nature, scope, and operation of New Zealand's Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989, the role of each of the participants in the Family Group Conferencing process, and the operation of the scheme in the New Zealand Youth Court; specific community initiatives at Mount Roskill and Wellington are highlighted, and reports of two case studies by a youth justice coordinator are included.