Citizens Advice Bureau

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LOCAL INFORMATION

8.30.5.L2 / 4.0.1 / 4.10.0
Young people and the law

Extent:Jersey
March 1996
Updated 23 December 2013

 

THE JERSEY YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

ARREST

PARISH HALL
ENQUIRY

>CAUTION
>FINE
>SUPERVISION
>"PITSTOP"
>COMPENSATION

COURT APPEARANCE

SOCIAL
ENQUIRY
REPORT

 

SENTENCE

ABSOLUTE DISCHARGE
BINDING OVER ORDER
BIND OVER WITH DRUG AWARENESS
FINE
ATTENDANCE CENTRE
PROBATION
- Individual counselling
- Offending Behaviour Group 16-21 yrs
- Alcohol Study Group
-Greenfields Centre Placement
- Conditions of treatment
COMMUNITY SERVICE 16 yrs +
YOUTH DETENTION 15 - 20 yrs

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility

  • No person under the age of ten years can be presumed to be guilty of an offence. Children (Jersey) Law 2002.
  • Under the Criminal Justice [Young Offenders] [Jersey] Law 1994 the Court may require parents to guarantee in cash, the good behaviour of their children.

Court appearance

  • Youth Court

Young people aged from 10 to 17 years may be required to attend the Youth Court.

The Youth Court sits on a Wednesday at 2.30pm at the Magistrate's Court, Union Street, St Helier.

Presided over by a Magistrate, and two of the lay panel.

For more information and guidance see www.gov.je/Government/NonexecLegal/JudicialGreffe/Sections

/MCG/Pages/GuidanceInformation.aspx

Legal Aid is available for young people where their parent(s) cannot afford to pay for the services of a lawyer.

  • Over eighteen years, young people charged with offences, attend the Magistrate's or Royal Court.

Parish Hall Enquiry

  • Most young people under eighteen, accused of offences, attend a Parish Hall Enquiry to decide whether a court appearance will be necessary.

Detention

  • A person aged 15 to 20 years may be sentenced to Youth Detention at the Young Offenders Centre. A person under 17 may not be detained for a term exceeding 6 months. In practice, young people up to 18 are detained at Greenfields Centre, Grande Route de St Martin, St Saviour. Telephone 872940, where they receive education and behavioural help.