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Children's Court of Western Australia
Government of Western Australia State Coat of Arms
Children's Court of Western Australia

Criminal Matters

The Children's Court deals with young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years. When they have been charged with a criminal offence they come under the Young Offenders Act 1994.

Even if they have turned 18, they will appear in the Children's Court if a crime was commited before they were 18. There are three ways they can be brought before the Childrens Court:

  1. They might be arrested by the police and kept in a detention centre until they bring them to court. If they are 18 years old they may be kept in a remand centre.
  2. They can be arrested, charged with a crime and then released on bail at the police station by the police. Before being released, they have to sign papers promising to go to court on a certain day.
  3. They might be served with a Notice to Attend Court by a police officer. This Notice shows the date and time that they must go to court. A copy of the Notice should also be given to an adult who looks after the young person, such as mum or dad or a grandparent.

Criminal Matters Process

Your Court Day

Information for your day in court for a criminal matter.

What Happens in Court?

What happens in court for a criminal matter.

If you Plead Not Guilty

What happens if you plead not guilty.

Plead or Found Guilty

If you plead guilty or are found guilty after a trial.


Information for when you are on bail.

Possible Penalties

Information on the penalties that could be received.

Information also on...

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Last updated: 10 April 2024

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