Theme C- Youth Crime



  • age 10-17. When offenders are under age 10 they are given local child curfew and must be at home between 9pm and 6am unless with an adult. Referred to YOT for support and rehab.
  • When young people are arrested, they have right to be accompanied by responsible adult, could be parent, guardian, carer. If offender admits guilt and offence is not serious enough for court, a caution is given and young person's needs are assessed by YOT in relation to rehab. and education.

Youth Courts:

  • Most cases heard in youth courts-type of Magistrates court. Cases such as theft, burglary, ASB, drugs etc. are dealt with. 
  • 3 Magistrates or a judge. No jury.
  • Take account of age, seriousness of offence, previous record, guilty plea and mitigating factors.
  • Less formal than adult courts. Defendants called by first name and public are usually not allowed to watch for protection of identity. For serious crimes e.g. murder the case starts in youth court and is passed to Crown Court where extended and life sentences can be given.


  • Parent/guardian must be


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