Citizens Advice Bureau

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LOCAL INFORMATION

4.0.1.L1
Young people and the law

Extent: Jersey
October 1999
Updated 18 November 2013
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THE JERSEY YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

ARREST

PARISH HALL
ENQUIRY

>CAUTION
>FINE
>SUPERVISION
>"PITSTOP"
>COMPENSATION

COURT APPEARANCE

SOCIAL
ENQUIRY
REPORT

 

SENTENCE

ABSOLUTE DISCHARGE
BINDING OVER ORDER
BIND OVER WITH DRUG AWARENESS
FINE
ATTENDANCE CENTRE
PROBATION
- Individual counselling
- Offending Behaviour Group 16-21 yrs
- Alcohol Study Group
-Greenfields Centre Placement
- Conditions of treatment
COMMUNITY SERVICE 16 yrs +
YOUTH DETENTION 15 - 20 yrs

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility

No person under the age of ten years can be presumed to be guilty of an offence. (Children (Jersey) Law 2002)

Under the Criminal Justice [Young Offenders] [Jersey] Law 1994 the Court may require parents to guarantee in cash, the good behaviour of their children.

Court appearance

Youth Court

Young people aged from 10 to 17 years may be required to attend the Youth Court.

The Youth Court sits at The Magistrate's Court, Union Street, St Helier on Tuesday at 10.00am.

Presided over by a Magistrate, and two of the lay panel

Legal Aid is available for young people where their parent(s) cannot afford to pay for the services of a lawyer.

Over eighteen years, young people charged with offences, attend the Magistrate's or Royal Court.For more information on the Youth Court procedures see www.gov.je/Government/NonexecLegal/JudicialGreffe/Sections/MCG/Pages/GuidanceInformation.aspx

Parish Hall Enquiry

Most young people under eighteen, accused of offences, attend a Parish Hall Enquiry to decide whether a court appearance will be necessary.

Detention

A person aged 15 to 20 years may be sentenced to Youth Detention at the Young Offenders Centre. A person under 17 may not be detained for a term exceeding 6 months. In practice, young people up to 18 are detained at Greenfields Centre, La Grande Route de St Martin, St Saviour. Telephone 872940, where they receive education and behavioural help.