FAQs Sentencing general - youth

Sentencing general – youth

  • What is sentencing for?
  • What are the different types of sentences?

What is sentencing for?

When sentencing an offender under 18 the court must have regard to:

  • the principle aim of the youth justice system – the prevention of offending and re-offending of young offenders under 18
  • the welfare of the offender

For more information go to Young people and sentencing.

What are the different types of sentences?

For offenders aged 10-17 the main sentences available are:

  • discharges
  • fines
  • referral orders
  • youth rehabilitation orders
  • custodial sentences

For more information go to Types of sentences for young people.