About the youth justice system

In the ACT, if you are under the age of 18 and find yourself in trouble with the police for committing a crime, you may or may not have to go to court. The police and legal system in the ACT have a scheme of warnings, cautions and conferences that do not involve the need to go to court. This is because the law recognises the importance of protecting children and keeping them out of the court system. Court is seen as a last resort option.

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