The Youth Court is a type of magistrates’ court that deals with young people aged 10 to 17.
How is the Youth Court different from the adult court?
The Youth Court differs from adult criminal proceedings in several ways:
What cases does the Youth Court deal with?
The Youth Court deals with a range of cases including:
Almost all cases involving children and young people are dealt with in Youth Court, although the most serious offences such as murder or rape will be sent to the Crown Court.
What sentences can a youth court give?
When sentencing young people, the primary aims are to support the welfare and rehabilitation of the young person. Sentencers follow sentencing guidelines written specifically for those under the age of 18: Sentencing Children and Young People: Overarching Principles
A Youth Court can order a range of sentences including:
Young people can also be bailed to appear later, or remanded into custody.
The MA has its own dedicated Youth Court Committee with members who are experienced specialists in the area.
If you have more questions about the Youth Court, please visit our FAQs and Resources where you will find more information.