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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Court Actions

Persons under 21 can sue in the Supreme Court only through a guardian ad litem or next friend. In a Magistrate's Court, however, any minor may sue in his own name for wages up to £1,000, and a minor over 18 may sue and be sued as if he were of full age.

A minor, unless he is married or on actual military service, cannot make a valid will.

by Bruce James Cameron, B.A., LL.M., Legal Adviser, Department of Justice, Wellington.

  • The Legal Relationship of Parent and Child, Birks, W. R. (1952)
  • Family Law, Inglis, B. D. (1960).