Communtity Law Manual | Criminal Courts | Te kōrero Māori i ngā kōtiSpeaking te reo in court

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Te kōrero Māori i ngā kōti
Speaking te reo in court

Ka āhei au ki te kōrero Māori i roto i te kōti?

Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016, wehenga 7(1)

Āe. I raro i te mana o te Ture mō Te Reo Māori, ka āhei koe ki te kōrero Māori i ngā kōti katoa o Aotearoa, tae atu ana ki te kēhi taihara i te Kōti ā-Rohe me te te Kōti Matua.

(Kia kitea ai te nuinga o ngā kōrero e pā ana ki tō motika ki te kōrero Māori i ngā kōti, tirohia te upoko 1, “Te reo Māori”.)

Can I speak te reo Māori in court?

Māori Language Act 2016, s 7(1)

Yes. The Māori Language Act 2016 gives you the right to speak te reo in all courts in Aotearoa/New Zealand, including in criminal cases in the District Court and the High Court.

(For more information about exercising your right to speak te reo in the courts, see chapter 1, “Te reo Māori”.)

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