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.
When a child or young person either pleads guilty or is found guilty, the Court will often ask for a Pre-Sentence Report to help them decide what sentence to make. When this happens, NYOS will allocate a worker to make the assessment and write the report.
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