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Court Orders

A number of different sentences are available to courts when sentencing a young person aged 10-17. These aim to address the behaviour of the young person and allow them to make up for the harm caused to the community:
  • Discharge - absolute or conditional - these are the same as those available for adults.
  • Fine - the fine should reflect the offence committed and the young person's ability to pay. For young people under 16, the payment of a fine is the responsibility of a parent/carer and their financial circumstances will be taken into account when setting the level of the fine.
  • Referral Order - a referral order can be imposed for a young person who appears before the court for the first time and has pleaded guilty. The young person will be required to attend a referral order panel (made up of two members of the local community and an advisor from a youth offending team) and agree a contract, containing certain commitments, which will last between three months and a year. In certain circumstances young people can receive a second referral order.
  • Youth Rehabilitation Order - The youth rehabilitation order is a community sentence within which a court may impose one or more of 18 different requirements that the young person must comply with for a period of up to three years. The requirements can include curfew, supervision and education requirements to name but a few.
  • Custodial Sentences - a custodial sentence will only be imposed in the most serious cases. The type of custodial sentence available depends upon the court the young person is being sentenced in.

Contact Information
Contact by Post

Youth Justice Service
31 Clarence Arcade
Stamford Street
Contact by Telephone
0161 342 5680