Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service


COVID 19 update:

Due to government restrictions there are limited Youth Courts being undertaken at this time. Clarification will be sought to when they are  due to be reinstated.

Young people who have to go to Court usually go to a special type of Magistrates called the Youth Court.  There isn’t a Jury in a Youth Court – there will either be three Magistrates or a District Judge who will decide the case and what will happen, such as what sentence to pass.

If the offence is serious, a child or young person might have to go to the Crown Court.  Here there is a Jury who will decide the case if there is a trial.  A Judge will then decide what happens next, such as what sentence to impose.

When a child or young person either pleads guilty or is found guilty, the Court will often ask for a Pre-Sentence Report to help them decide what sentence to make.  When this happens, NYOS will allocate a worker to make the assessment and write the report.