Community views sought on laws for child offenders

NSW Attorney General Greg Smith SC has invited public comment on whether changes are needed to key laws for juvenile offenders.

Mr Smith has released a consultation paper that forms part of a review of the Young Offenders Act 1997 and the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987.

"The review will determine whether the laws are effective and consistent with the NSW Government's commitment to reducing recidivism among young offenders," Mr Smith said.

"It is also important that the laws are in line with community standards and I encourage members of the public, including victims of crime, to have their say."

The issued raised include whether:

  • any changes are needed to the laws governing the issuing of warnings and cautions and the directing of young offenders into youth conferencing;
  • the Children's Court should be responsible for hearing all traffic matters involving juvenile defendants (currently young people must face the Local Court if they were old enough to legally drive at the time of the incident);
  • the Young Offenders Act and the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act should be amalgamated.



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