Young people and juvenile justice

Cunneen, Chris (2008) Young people and juvenile justice. In: Monahan, Geoff, and Young, Lisa, (eds.) Children and the Law in Australia. LexisNexis , Australia, pp. 187-203.

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[Extract] The purpose of this chapter is to provide a broad overview of the relationship between young people and juvenile justice systems in Australia. It is appropriate to begin by delineating what we understand as the 'juvenile justice system'. We often talk about 'juvenile justice' or the Juvenile justice system' as if there is a system that is, to a greater or lesser extent, coherent in terms of law, policy or practices. In a formal sense, there certainly is a body of legislation and regulations that govern interactions between criminal justice institutions and young people of a certain age. However, it would be simplistic to in1agine that there are no competing interests in the way various juvenile justice agencies, particularly the departments of juvenile justice, the police and the courts, deal with young people.

It is also important to note that the juvenile justice system is not closed. While the age of a young person defines the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system (usually between 10 and 18 years of age), these boundaries are somewhat fluid. Young people accused of serious offences may be transferred to the adult courts. In particular circumstances, young people may be transferred to the adult prison system. Conversely, young adults who are 18 years and older may be kept in the juvenile detention system although they are no longer juveniles.

Item ID: 15452
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-409-32390-0
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 01:12
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180102 Access to Justice @ 50%
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