The Youth Court is designed to be informal with a bias towards prevention rather than punishment for young people between the age of 10 and 17, who have been charged with a criminal offence. The Youth Court has no jury and the public are not allowed in. For very serious crimes (such as murder) or those where the youth is charged together with an adult, they may need to go to a Crown Court.

A police station visit can be a very scary experience for a young person . The police should not interview your child until you are present and must ensure a responsible adult is present to make sure your child is treated fairly.

The most important thing is to have solicitors who not only understand the sensitivities involved but are also experienced youth crime solicitors. Wrongful conviction can and has come about when those without a proper understanding of the law are led to admit something untrue and criminal because legal counsel was not provided.