Michael (Mick) Brown, a revolutionary figure in Youth Justice in Aotearoa, has passed away.
The former Principal Youth Court judge helped pioneer the Family Group Conference - which drastically reduced the number of rangatahi ending up in the prison system.
According to family spokesperson Bobby Newson, 77-year-old Mick Brown became a lawyer in 1960 and became a Justice in 1970. It is in the 1980's where Brown played a pivotal part in Youth Justice:
"Mick Brown changed the Youth Court system where most of the youth going through the Courts at that time were Māori. He worked with the likes of Dr Pita Sharples, Dennis Hansen, June Mariu, Tuini Hakaraia and West Auckland's Hoani Waititi Marae and Te Whānau o Waipareira to hold family group conferences as an alternative to youth having to go through the Courts," says Newson.
Tomorrow, Mick Brown will be taken to Te Mahurehure Marae in Point Chevalier, Auckland.