I can assist. As a experienced Children’s Court Lawyer I regularly appear in the Children’s Court dealing with simple and complex cases.
The Children’s Court jurisdiction applies to children under the age of 18 who are charged before their 19th birthday. The Children’s Court works on different sentencing principles to the adult Court. It is important that any lawyer appearing for a child in the Children’s Court understands these different sentencing principles.
The emphasis in the Children’s Court is on rehabilitation. Within the jurisdiction there are sentencing options available to the Court designed to protect the child so as not to negatively impact family life or the child’s potential to find future work.
There are also specialist services available to further assist in the rehabilitation of the child. Wherever possible I try to achieve Ropes (a rehabilitation program) for the client, which means they will receive no criminal record. I will first assess the brief and charges and consider whether Ropes will be appropriate.
It is important in appropriate cases to attempt to avoid a conviction been recorded. This is an important consideration for a young persons future. If the case is handled correctly, it can in many circumstances result in no criminal record. It is a privilege to work in this jurisdiction and to have a real opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life. If your child has been charged with an offence or is about to be interviewed, please contact me immediately on 0412 051 199.