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Position statement
Adult court matters Diversity, disparity and inclusion Youth court matters

Turning 18 in the youth jurisdiction

Every year, hundreds of children are charged with offences that do not reach court until the child has turned 18. This leads to childhood criminality being dealt with in the adult court, which lacks the specialist focus on welfare and preventing reoffending that underpin the youth jurisdiction. We believe that offences committed during childhood should be retained in the youth justice system.

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