Youth courts specialise in dealing with young people
who have committed crime.
In the Youth court there will be Magistrates, a
Legal Advisor who helps the magistrates, your
solicitor and a prosecutor solicitor who will tell
both sides of the story. There will also be a
YJS court officer present to help and advise young
people. Reporters from the press may be at court but
they will not be allowed to identify you.
What are the courtrooms like?
Youth Courts try to use smaller rooms, but otherwise
they look like the Courts you see on television. The
Magistrates sit at a raised table, and all the
people involved in the case sit in front of them. If
you would like to see the Courtroom before your
case, this can be arranged by contacting the Court
Advice for Young People
DO - Arrive on time, dress smartly, arrange a
Solicitor, think about what you want to say, say it
politely and calmly.
DONíT - Act as if you donít care, get angry
or upset, interrupt or argue in Court, come without
a parent / carer.
Advice for Parents & Carers
You must attend with your child, and you usually
have to pay their Fines or Compensation. Sometimes
it will seem as if everyone is blaming you, but the
Court is genuinely sympathetic to any parent who is
doing their best.
Raising Your Game is a project for young people aged
between 14 and 25 with a learning disability or
communication difficulty. Some have been in trouble
with the police and some are at risk of getting into
trouble. This video gives tips on what you should do
if you need to go to court.
Mark Goldring, Chief Executive at Mencap says,
"Going to court can be worrying, the Raising Your
Game film is a great resource to help people with a
learning disability understand what will happen."