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The Children’s Court has jurisdiction to hear the following types of matters:

  • Criminal Charges. This includes trials for criminal offences other than serious indictable offences and committal hearings for all types of offences. The Children’s Court only has such jurisdiction where the accused is presently under 18 years or is under 21 years but was a minor at the time of the alleged offence.
  • Care and Protection Applications- These applications are brought by the Department of Family and Community Services (“FACS”) for the protection and safety of children and young persons who are considered to be at risk of significant harm. Applications may seek an emergency care and protection order where the child or young person has been removed from their home, an assessment order or other care order.
  • Applications for Apprehended Violence Orders (“AVOs”)-AVOs are orders aimed to protect the safety of a person who is in fear of another. The Children’s Court can hear such applications where the defendant is under 18 years of age.
  • Applications for Compulsory Schooling Orders- These orders are generally sought by FACS for the purpose of ordering the child or young person to attend school.

If your child or young person is involved in Children’s Court Proceedings, we recommend that you contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of our Children & Young Persons Law Solicitors in our Sydney office. By appointment, we can also arrange a time for you to see one of our lawyers at a branch office. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab.

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