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Criminal charges against a child or young person can be brought in the Children’s Court if the accused is presently under 18 years or, is presently under 21 years but was under 18 years at the time of the alleged offence.

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

  • Hearings for all criminal charges, excluding serious indictable offences; and
  • Committal hearings for any indictable offence, including serious indictable offences.

Criminal charges that can be heard at the Children’s Court will generally be dealt with summarily (ie without the presence of a jury), unless the accused informs the Court of their preference for a trial. Similarly, the Court may decide that the proceedings should not be dealt with summarily if, after the presentation of the prosecution’s case, or where the accused has pleaded guilty:

  • The charge cannot be properly dealt with summarily; and
  • Upon consideration of the evidence.

If your child is facing criminal charges, 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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