If you are charged with an offence you will usually appear before a youth court. This is a section of the magistrates’ court which is less formal than usual. In the Youth Court there are no jury cases and the case is heard by a panel of three people, including one District Judge and two lay panel members. Members of the public are not allowed into the court to listen to the case and your identity cannot be published by the media. You have the right to be represented in court by a solicitor who will advise you on the charges and procedure and act in your best interests.
If you are jointly charged with an adult the trial may be held in the magistrates’ court. If it is a more serious offence, such as murder, it may be held in the Crown Court.
For more information go to http://www.youthjusticeagencyni.gov.uk/