Got a question? Ask Lawmail

Send your questions to Lawmail

Can't find the info you are looking for?Got a problem you can’t solve?

If you're under 25, or an adult asking on behalf of a person under 18, you can send your questions to Lawmail and we will email an answer to you in under 10 days. Urgent matters are dealt with more quickly.

Go to Lawmail. It’s free and confidential.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Youth Justice System

Introduction


The Youth Justice Act 1997 (‘the YJA) explains the alternatives to going to court for young people who commit certain crimes. The YJA covers young people aged between 10 and 17 years old. Instead of going to court, the YJA establishes a scheme of informal cautions, formal cautions and community conferences.

On the other hand, you will probably have to go to court if you are in trouble for having committed a more serious crime.  You will also probably have to go to court if you have committed a crime before.

Click on the links to your or below right to find out more information on this topic. Also check out our Lawstuff pages on “When can I be convicted of a criminal offence”.


This page was last updated 28 June 2015.