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Youth Justice System


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.