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The emergence and development of specialist courts : lessons for juvenile justice from the history of the children’s court in South Australia?

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posted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by D King, Andrew Day, P Delfabbro
To illustrate how specialist courts have developed to manage juvenile offenders, this paper provides an overview of the history and development of the youth court in one jurisdiction, South Australia. Drawing on interviews conducted with judicial officers, the paper seeks to 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 difficulties 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 are sometimes hindered by inadequate procedural, structural and resource-related factors – some of which exist externally to the Youth Court itself.

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Journal

The open criminology journal

Volume

4

Issue

Suppl 1-M1

Pagination

40 - 47

Publisher

Bentham Open

Location

Bussum, Netherlands

ISSN

1874-9178

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2011, Bentham Open

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