Question: Does NZ have a Romeo and Juliet law?

New Zealand law has no Romeo and Juliet provisions (which would waive criminal liability for consensual sex that occurs between two minors). In other words, even if you yourself are underage, its still illegal for you to have sex with someone under 16 (and its equally illegal for them to have sex with you).

Can you date an 18 year old when your 16?

The law criminalises people who have sex with under-16-year-olds. So, if an 18-year-old is having consensual sex with a 15-year-old, the 18-year-old is guilty of an offence and the 15-year-old is the victim. The law gets confusing (and unworkable) where both partners are under 16.

Can a 15-year-old date a 18 year old NZ?

New Zealand statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual contact with a person under age 16. The age of consent is raised to age 18 if the offender is in a guardianship role. A defense exists if the offender reasonably taken precautions and believed the victim to be 16 or over.

Can a 16 year old date a 18 year old NZ?

Q– What is the age of sexual consent in NZ? A– The Age of Consent in New Zealand is 16 years old. Because there is no close-in-age exemption in New Zealand, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare.

Can a 20 year old date a 16 year old NZ?

Q– What is the age of sexual consent in NZ? A– The Age of Consent in New Zealand is 16 years old. Because there is no close-in-age exemption in New Zealand, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare.

Can a 16 year old date a 20 year old NZ?

Q– What is the age of sexual consent in NZ? A– The Age of Consent in New Zealand is 16 years old. Because there is no close-in-age exemption in New Zealand, it is possible for two individuals both under the age of 16 who willingly engage in intercourse to both be prosecuted for statutory rape, although this is rare.

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