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Juvenile justice teams (JJTs) aim to ensure that young people in Western Australia are held accountable for their offending behaviour. Referrals are generated by police or the children's court. JJTs arrange meetings with the young person, their families, victims and police to designs an action plan that outlines how the young person can make up for their offence. These meetings can involve the participation of an appropriate Indigenous representative (where relevant). If a young person successfully completes the action plan they will not receive a criminal record.
JJTs may also offer a court conferencing service for young people with more serious offending backgrounds to encourage them to start an action plan before being sentenced to show their willingness and ability to change their behaviour. Referrals to court conferencing are only made by the children's court and there usually needs to be a known victim willing to participate in the process.
Department of Corrective Services, Western Australia, abstract
Department of Corrective Services
Level 9, 141 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Ph: (08) 9264 1711
Fax: (08) 9264 1748