A youth court is a special type of magistrates’ court for people aged between 10 and 17.
A youth court has either:
- 3 magistrates
- a district judge
There is not a jury in a youth court.
Your parent or guardian must come with you:
- if you’re under 16
- if you’re 16 to 17 and they’re given a court order
How youth courts are different from adult courts
Youth courts are less formal than adult courts, for example:
- members of the public are not allowed in to the court (unless they get permission)
- you are called by your first name
Types of cases a youth court deals with
A youth court deals with cases like:
- theft and burglary
- anti-social behaviour
- drugs offences
For serious crimes, like murder or rape, the case starts in the youth court but will be passed to a Crown Court.
Sentences a youth court can give
The court can give a range of sentences including:
Appealing a sentence
If you disagree with the court’s verdict, you may be able to appeal. Court staff can give you information on how to appeal.