Guidance

How to work in court

The role you play in youth, magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Guidance for youth offending team practitioners and managers.

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This guidance offers detailed information for youth offending teams on:

  • why you are in court
  • what to do before court
  • how to prepare court papers
  • what services you must provide
  • how to behave in court
  • how to use reports
  • what to do when a child is sentenced
  • what to do if they are sentenced to custody
  • the warrants process

This guidance offers detailed information for managers on:

  • partnership working
  • the benefits of court user groups
  • how to view and share court lists and information
  • how to ensure that all relevant information is recorded
  • how to cover court out-of-hours

For more information, read:

How to use out-of-court disposals: section 1 case management guidance

How to work in court: section 2 case management guidance

How to manage bail and remands: section 3 case management guidance

How to assess children in the youth justice system: section 4 case management guidance

How to use reports: section 5 case management guidance

How to use community interventions: section 6 case management guidance

Custody and resettlement: section 7 case management guidance

Ways to improve quality: section 8 case management guidance

How to support parents of children in the youth justice system: section 9 case management guidance

Published 15 October 2014
Last updated 1 May 2019 + show all updates
  1. This document was updated to remove factual inaccuracies. It will be subject to a more extensive revision, to reflect the 2019 standards for children in the youth justice system, in the near future.
  2. This document was revised following the publication of standards for children in the youth justice system 2019.
  3. First published.