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If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child who is under-age who has been charged with an offence and needs to attend the Children’s Court, Harbourside Legal Services we can help your child get a second chance in the youth justice system.

By Australian Law a child is a person between ages of 10 and 18 years old. All children between those ages are subject to the laws in NSW or the state they live in or committed the offence. Depending on the crime committed a child may be charged with criminal offences and placed before the Children’s Court.

Children Law in NSW is very specialised. There are many protective mechanisms provided to ensure that the rights of the child are protected. One good example of this is that, it is a compulsory requirement for an adult, parent, guardian, lawyer to be present at any time a child is being interviewed by the police or a person in authority.

When a child or young person under the age of 18 is charged by the police with an offence. They are provided with a Court Attendance Notice that will indicate the details of the committed offence, the location where the offence took place and the date and time the Childs case will be listed before the Children’s Court.

At Harbourside Legal Services our solicitors will provide outstanding legal advice and representation to ensure our juvenile clients get the best result in court as possible. Our criminal lawyers have many years of extensive experience in Children’s Court and youth justice matters and we have assisted many young people who have been charged with criminal offences.

Criminal Matters Heard in the Children’s Court

The Children’s Court deals with the following types of criminal cases across NSW involving children and young people:

  • Cases in which the defendants is under 18 years of age at the time of the alleged offence.
  • Traffic cases where the defendant is not old enough to hold a driver’s licence or permit.
  • Applications for an Apprehended Violence Order where the defendant is under the age of 18.
  • Breaches of parole and in some cases the eligibility of children and young persons for release on parole.
  • All matters relating to the care and protection of both children and young people
  • Criminal matters involving children and young people.

Our advice is practical and delivered in plain English so that children, young people, parents and guardians can all understand what is required and likely to happen at Court.

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