Who can attend Children’s Court hearings?
Members of the public can attend proceedings in the Children’s An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate. unless a magistrate or judge excludes particular people from attending (s 523 CYF A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation.).
The police usually advise parents, guardians or a support person to attend court with the child. Parents must attend cases heard in the Family Division.
The court must not proceed without an interpreter if a young person, parent or other A person or organisation directly involved in a court case. Parties include the plaintiff or applicant, the defendant, and any third party added to the action, but not independent witnesses. has difficulty communicating in English (s 526 CYF Act).
Trained interpreters are made available at the court and can be requested through the court The administrative section of a court that accepts documents filed with the court and also handles some public enquiries.. More information about arranging an interpreter is available on the Children’s Court website.
Giving evidence in the Children’s Court
A young person charged with a criminal A criminal act prohibited by state or commonwealth criminal law. An offence is either a summary offence (minor) or an indictable offence (serious). has the option to give Evidence given in court under oath or affirmation. or no Material presented to a court to prove or disprove a fact. It can include what witnesses say as well as documents and other objects. at all. Advice should be sought from a lawyer about this.
Children’s Court procedure
For more information about your court The time and place at which a court or tribunal hears the parties argue their case and makes a decision., ask your lawyer (see ‘Legal representation’, above). Information is also available from the registry staff at the court. You can also visit the Children’s Court virtual court website (http://childrenscourt.courtnexus.com), which provides information about court processes and the roles of those who work in courts. This site also includes two mock court hearings and interactive virtual tours of the courtroom.