Young people and going to court
If a young person is charged by the police before they turn 18 years old, they may have to go to court.
They will first have to go to Youth Justice Court.
A young person will be told they have to go to court by a written notice to appear, summons or bail paper.
If they can't go to court on that day, and have a very good reason, they will have to organise a new court date.
If they ignore the court date, they may have to be arrested and taken to court.
Often a young person may have to go to court more than once before their case is finished.
If a judge thinks the young person has committed a serious crime, they may have also have to go to the Northern Territory Supreme Court.
Last updated: 06 February 2019