How do I get a Solicitor?
You are entitled to legal advice. We strongly recommend that you arrange this, even if you are pleading guilty. Many Solicitors can give free or reduced-rate help under Legal Aid. You can find more details online, or ask to speak to the Duty Solicitor at Court.

What is the Pre-Sentence Report Based On?
The YJS worker will always interview you, and talk to your parents if you are under 17yrs old. It’s very important that you try to be honest and sensible about this, as your attitude to the offences is an important factor in sentencing.

They will also see the evidence against you, including copies of your Police interview, and details of your previous offences (if any). Depending on how serious the case is, they may also ask other professionals who know you, such as social workers, youth leaders or your teachers.

What about Parental Responsibility?
Parents are expected to take proper care that their children don’t get into trouble. When young people do offend, Courts must decide how much of the responsibility belongs with the parents. Parents often have to pay Fines and Compensation, and sometimes could also be placed under a Parenting Order if they won’t accept voluntary help.

Court Bail
This happens when the Court decides that extra rules or supervision are needed. They might Order the young person to report to a Police Station regularly, or to stay indoors after a certain time. Sometimes the Court will Order the young person to wear an electronic tag to monitor them, or put restrictions on where they can live or where they can go.

If a Court thinks that a young person is a danger to themselves or other people, or that they’re going to commit more crimes whilst waiting to hear a case, they can order the young person to be placed in Youth Detention Accommodation. This might be a Young Offender’s Institute, a Secure Training Centre or a Local Authority Secure Children’s Home. Those young people also become “Looked After” and will have a social worker to support them.



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 – 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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