Young people who have to go to Court usually go to a special type of Magistrates called the Youth Court. There isn’t a Jury in a Youth Court – there will either be three Magistrates or a District Judge who will decide the case and what will happen, such as what sentence to pass. If the offence is serious, a child or young person might have to go to the Crown Court. Here there is a Jury who will decide the case if there is a trial. A Judge will then decide what happens next, such as what sentence to impose.
Court - We have a dedicated Court Team who cover all remand, Youth and Crown Court hearings. We make assessments of young people in cells and put together packages of support for them which also include specific restrictions to protect the public from harm. We complete Pre-sentence reports for children to assist Magistrates and Judges in sentencing to the most appropriate outcome. We work with other agencies and have a dedicated initiative (Youth Court Solutions) within our Youth Court environment. YCS is devised of a number of specialist professionals including mental health workers and substance misuse workers who are available for young people/families to access before and/or after their Court hearing. This allows us to take a holistic approach to working with children with complex needs.