Guide to youth control orders for lawyers

Guide to youth control orders for lawyers

This content is intended as information for lawyers appearing in the Children’s Court with clients who may be placed on a youth control order (YCO). If you are not a lawyer but have been referred to a youth control order planning meeting, you should contact your lawyer, youth justice worker or Children’s Court planning meeting convenor with any questions you may have.

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About the YJR Act

For general information about the Children and Justice Legislation Amendment (Youth Justice Reform) Act 2017 (the YJR Act), including the original Bill, Explanatory Memorandum, Charter compliance statement and link to the second reading speech are available, see Children and Justice Legislation Amendment (Youth Justice Reform) Bill 2017.

The youth control order provisions are contained in sections 9–19 of the YJR Act.

About the ammendment 

The Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (CYFA) was amended from 1 June 2018 to create a new sentencing option called a 'youth control order' (YCO).

The hierarchy of sentences has been amended by adding a new s. 360(1)(ha) allowing the court to convict the child and make a YCO. This order fits into the hierarchy between youth attendance orders and detention.

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