Research Report

Review of the Hamilton and Airdrie Youth Courts


McIvor G (2009) Review of the Hamilton and Airdrie Youth Courts. Scottish Government - Community Justice Services. Scottish Government.

First paragraph: Pilot Youth Courts were established at Hamilton Sheriff Court in June 2003 and at Airdrie Sheriff Court in June 2004. The Youth Courts were evaluated by external consultants whose report was published in April 2006. The report concluded that the Youth Courts had been successful in meeting their objectives, as far as could be assessed at that time. The particular strengths of the Youth Court were noted as being the fast-tracking of young people to and through the court, the reduction in trials, the availability of a wider range of resources and services for young people and ongoing judicial review. It was too early at that stage to ascertain whether the Youth Courts had had an impact on offending behaviour.

Publication date30/11/2009
PublisherScottish Government
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