This guidance was issued by the Home Office and the Lord Chancellor's Department (now DCA). It is largely intended for youth court panel members. It covers issues such as the new youth court culture and environment, engaging with young offenders and their families, case management, sentencing, pronouncements and competencies.
Youth Court Bench Book
In March 2005, the second edition of the Youth Court Bench Book, which provides all the necessary information a youth magistrate will require while sitting in court, was published by the Judicial Studies Board. Since the first publication in 2001, many changes have taken place in the youth justice system. The new edition reflects these, as well as acting on feedback from magistrates and staff working in youth courts.
Download the Youth Court Bench Book from the Judicial Studies Board website.