Youth Courts are specially constituted courts of summary jurisdiction composed of a District Judge (Magistrates’ Courts) and two Lay Magistrates (of whom at least one must be a woman) which deal with criminal matters in relation to children.
Glossary of Terms
Youth Justice Agency
In 2003, the Youth Justice Agency replaced the Juvenile Justice Board.
The principal aim of the Agency is to reduce youth crime and to build confidence in the youth justice system.
The Agency delivers a range of services, including diversionary interventions through a network of over 20 community-based projects, youth conferencing (a restorative process where victims have a say), and custody for the most serious offenders.
Additional information can be found on the Department of Justice website.