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.
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
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.