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Magistrates’ Court

Nearly all criminal cases start in the magistrates’ court. The magistrates’ court is for adults, but children with an adult co-defendant will go to the magistrates’ court or if there is no youth court.

A youth court is a special type of magistrates’ court for children.1

  1. Section 45(1) Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (as amended by section 50 Courts Act 2003  (back)