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Category: Youth Justice and Juvenile Crime


Sentencing children in Queensland

Sentencing children in Queensland

In Queensland, the criminal justice system treats children differently to adults. The purpose of dealing with children differently is to acknowledge that children have different maturity levels to an adult, and may not have the same life experience, mental capacity and legal understanding to make adult-like decisions.
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Diversionary options for young offenders in Queensland

Diversionary options for young offenders in Queensland

When it is appropriate to do so, a child who has criminally offended should be diverted away from the criminal justice system, unless the nature of the offence and the child’s criminal history indicate that a proceeding for the offence should be started.
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