Children at court
Children in youth and adult criminal courts.
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.
Children under the age of 16 must have a parent/guardian with them in court. Those aged 16 and over may be accompanied.
A child who is accused of committing a crime with an adult (someone aged 18 or over).
Jurisdiction is the authority of certain courts to hear certain cases.
A child’s ability to understand and take part in what is happening in the Crown Court.
A child’s ability to understand and take part in what is happening in the youth court.
Special measures are changes that make it easier for a witness to participate at 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.