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Children at court

Children in youth and adult criminal courts.

    Allocation and sending procedure

    A procedure where the youth or magistrates court can send a case to a Crown Court. This usually takes place at the first appearance.


    Anonymity in criminal cases means someone’s name, address, photograph and other information that might identify them (such as their school or place of work) is not revealed in the newspapers, on television or on the internet.


    Jurisdiction is the authority of certain courts to hear certain cases.

    Special Measures

    Special measures are changes that make it easier for a witness to participate at court.

    Which Court?

    A child will usually have their trial in the youth court unless they are charged with an adult or they are charged with a serious offence.