CYPF (Youth Courts Jurisdiction and Orders) Amendment Bill
The Association welcomes the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Youth Courts Jurisdiction and Orders) Amendment Bill. Amendments to Youth Court orders and provisions for transfer of offenders to the District Court for sentencing are welcome and overdue, and will improve the options available to the Youth Court to respond to offending.
However, a serious deficiency remains in dealing with serious recidivist young offenders who have committed offences that are not purely indictable offences. Section 18 of the Sentencing Act 2002 needs to be amended to allow for imprisonment to be considered in the worst such cases. This would mean effective and appropriate sentencing options were available for the full range of youth offending. See submission for further details.