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 Office.

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


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."

There are a wide range of opportunities within the North Yorkshire Youth Justice Service (YJS) for volunteers to become involved and gain experience and understanding of the work carried out by the YJS.

North Yorkshire YJS has approximately 60 volunteers across the county Ė about 30 in the western part which includes Harrogate, Skipton and Northallerton and 30 in the east part which includes Scarborough and Selby.

Head Office | Room SB004 | County Hall | Racecourse Lane | Northallerton | DL7 8AD | Telephone 01609 536168
West YJS
| Delta House | 12b, North Park Road | Harrogate | HG1 5PG | Telephone 01609 535030
East YJS
| 2nd Floor, Pavilion House | Westborough | Scarborough | YO11 2JN | Telephone 01609 534751
Selby YJS
| Community House | Portholme Road | Selby | YO8 4QQ | Telephone 01609 534751

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