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Relevant legislation and regulations

There are a number of instruments of legislation governing practice, procedure, and sentencing principles when dealing with young offenders. The provisions in the Criminal Procedure Act 1921 (SA), the Bail Act 1985 (SA) and the Sentencing Act 2017 (SA) remain relevant in relation to practice, procedure, bail applications and the sentencing of young offenders. However, there are other legislative sources which modify these Acts and empower the Youth Court to impose particular penalties or orders.

The Youth Court Act 1993 (SA) and the Young Offenders Act 1993 (SA) outline powers, practice and procedure particular to the Youth Court and penalties which are unique to young offenders.

The Youth Justice Administration Act 2016 (SA) administers the youth detention system and the treatment of young offenders within training centres.

Relevant regulations are the Youth Court (Fees) Regulations 2010 (SA), the Young Offenders Regulations 2008 (SA) and the Youth Justice Administration Regulations 2016 (SA).

The Youth Court also has civil jurisdiction in relation to the care and protection of children under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (SA) see The civil jurisdiction of the Youth Court.

Relevant legislation and regulations  :  Last Revised: Thu Oct 25th 2018