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Youth Conferences


Community Conferences

When will I have to go to a community conference and what is it all about?

The Conference

What are the possible orders of a Conference?

How does a Conference affect a child’s record?


Community Conferences

 

When will I have to go to a community conference and what is it all about?

The police also have the power to ask you to go to a ‘Community Conference’.  However, before doing so, the police must explain to you:
  • the nature of the crime and how they think it has occurred;
  • that you are allowed to have a lawyer if you want; and
  • that you are allowed to have the offence dealt with by a court instead if you want.
Also, before requiring you to attend a Conference, the police have to get you to agree to one  and to attend.  The police must also make sure a parent is there with you, if practical, when you agree to a Conference.

 

The Conference

The Conference will generally include a facilitator, yourself, the police officer and anyone else the facilitator may have invited e.g. the victim.  If you attend a Conference, you are allowed to bring a support person of your choice with you.

It is a meeting where it is encouraged for everyone attending to agree on any orders to be made on you. This means that for any decisions of an order, you, the police and the victim (if they attend) must all agree on it.

The decision will be made in writing and signed by everyone who agrees with it.

 

What are the possible orders of a Conference?

A Conference may result in one or more of the following orders:

  • to issue you with a caution;
  • require you to pay the cost for any injury suffered by the victim or property damaged;
  • require you to fix a problem that you have caused;
  • require you to do up to 70 hours of community service (if you are over 13);
  • require you to promise to apologise to the victim; and
  • •    require you to do anything else that is appropriate in the circumstances.

 

How does a Conference affect a child’s record?

If you attend a Conference and perform all the promises that you made at it, you cannot be charged for the same offence in court.




This page was last updated 28 June 2015.









   
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