Youth Court and Juvenilles

At Grech Gooden Solicitors we have a team of established lawyers with years of experience representing youths at both the juvenile court and in the Crown Court. This area of law is particularly complex and requires specialist knowledge of the statutes surrounding the youth court justice system.

A youth court is a special type of magistrates’ court for people aged between 10 and 17.

A youth court has either:

3 magistrates
a district judge
There isn’t a jury in a youth court.

Your parent or guardian must come with you:

if you’re under 16
if you’re 16 to 17 and they’re given a court order
How youth courts are different from adult courts
Youth courts are less formal than adult courts, eg:

members of the public are not allowed in to the court (unless they get permission)
you are called by your first name
Types of cases a youth court deals with
A youth court deals with cases like:

theft and burglary
anti-social behaviour
drugs offences
For serious crimes, like murder or rape, the case starts in the youth court but will be passed to a Crown Court.

Sentences a youth court can give
The court can give a range of sentences including:

community sentences
Detention and Training Orders carried out in secure centres for young people

Appealing a sentence
If you disagree with the court’s verdict, you may be able to appeal. Court staff can give you information on how to appeal.