By Rosemary Sheehan (auth.), Rosemary Sheehan, Allan Borowski (eds.)

The Children’s courtroom is one in all society’s most vital social associations. whilst, it's steeped in controversy. this can be in huge degree end result of the patience and complexity of the issues with which it offers, specifically, juvenile crime and baby abuse and forget. regardless of the significance of the Children’s courtroom as a method of maintaining teens responsible for their anti-social behaviour and fogeys for the care in their teenagers, it has no longer been the topic of shut research. definitely it has no longer been formerly studied nationally. This booklet, an edited assortment, is predicated at the findings of research that spanned the six States and Territories of Australia. The research sought to check the present demanding situations confronted by means of the Children’s court docket and to spot fascinating and possible instructions for reform in each one country and Territory. an additional specified function of this examine is that it canvassed the perspectives of judges and magistrates who preside over this court.

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They’ve seen some pretty terrible things happen to children in [Adult Psychiatric facility], and so that’s their mindset because at the [Adult Psychiatric facility] you have adults moving around with children and adults with big problems and there are children in there and they’re very vulnerable and nurses are not security guards and doctors are not security guards, so they bring them before the courts hoping they will go to [Youth Detention Centre] or something while somebody assesses them. So it’s a very ad hoc approach.

One is the legal function of adjudicating and managing an individual charge. The other is looking at what are the best interests of that child and, in doing that, you might need to look far beyond that case. (Policy Worker 1) In the care jurisdiction, research respondents highlighted its essential role as an impartial part of the child welfare process that provides a forum for the voices of all parties to be heard. They identified the particular importance of the Children’s Court as a non-bureaucratic and independent part of the child welfare process.

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