Youth Court Bench Book and Pronouncement Cards

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The Youth Court Bench Book (YCBB) provides guidance for magistrates who sit in the youth court dealing with defendants under the age of 18. It is used for reference at court and to support consistent training. The Bench Book is supplemented by national sentencing guidelines, checklists and pronouncement cards. These help magistrates undertake the task of decision making in a fair and structured manner. The Youth Court Pronouncement Cards assist magistrates to explain their decisions fully and clearly.