How the youth justice system works
If a child under 16 breaks the law, they can get legal help. What they’ll get depends on their age.
Youth justice system
The youth justice system aims to keep children and young people out of the formal criminal justice system, while at the same time holding them accountable and encouraging them to take responsibility for what they've done.
Free legal advice over the phone if you’re under 25.
Family group conference
A meeting between a young person who’s broken the law, their family, the victim, and others people like the police, service providers, a social worker or youth advocate.
Youth Court deals with young people who commit crimes that are too serious to be dealt with by community police.
Youth justice process
How children aged 10 to 16 are dealt with.
Legal help for anyone in police custody
There's free access to a lawyer for anyone arrested or held by the police. There's no minimum age for this.