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The children's court of South Australia

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posted on 2013-01-01, 00:00 authored by D King, Andrew Day, P Delfabbro
This chapter provides an overview of the history and development of the Youth Court in South Australia. Drawing on interviews conducted with judicial officers and Court stakeholders, we highlight some of the changes that have taken place since the Court’s inception, as well as how the Court currently understands its role and positioning within the broader justice and welfare systems.

Key discussion points of these interviews included the Youth Court’s guiding principles and how they impact on Court procedures and responses to young people in the system, as well as the challenges that limit, or create dif fi culties for, the effective operation of the Youth Court.

It is concluded that the Youth Court system attempts to balance both welfare and justice approaches to dealing with young people, but these approaches are sometimes hindered in practice by inadequate procedural, structural and resource- related factors. Limitations of the Court and its processes are often difficult to evaluate in isolation from the broader system in which the Court is positioned.

Further evaluation of the Youth Court system’s processes and their general effectiveness is needed in order to develop a more empirically driven ‘what works’ mentality in the fi eld. There is also a need for increased dialogue and sharing of information between state jurisdictions to enable a greater collaboration and development of ideas on tackling the current and future challenges of the Youth Court system.

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Title of book

Australia's children's courts today and tomorrow

Series

Children's Well-Being: Indicators and Research, Vol 7

Chapter number

6

Pagination

85 - 101

Publisher

Springer Science & Business Media

Place of publication

Dordrecht, The Netherlands

ISSN

1879-5196

eISSN

1879-520X

ISBN-13

9789400759275

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Copyright notice

2013, Springer

Extent

12

Editor/Contributor(s)

R Sheehan, A Borowski

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