Young offenders are aged between 10 to 17 They are dealt with by the youth court which is a branch of the Magistrates’ court For exceptional cases involving offences like rape, murder and manslaughter, a youth can be tried in the Crown. 14 years and over can be sent to Crown where for the same offence an adult could expect at least 14 years
These are private cases, only those involved in the case can be there Press may attend but are not permitted to publish name of offender. There Magistrates’ who sit here must be under 65 and have undergone special training to deal with youth. There needs to be one male and one female magistrate sitting. The proceedings are usually less formal and parents of under 16 must be there.
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