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Youth Justice


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What this book is aboutGetting legal advice and assistanceYouth workers and their role in the criminal justice systemVictims of crimeApprendended violence ordersDealing with police on the streetPolice searchesArrest and warrantsAt the police stationPolice questioningComplaints and co-operation: working to improve police practicesSecurity guards: what powers do they really have?Public transport and transit officersDriving: rules and traffic offencesYoung Offenders Act: warnings, cautions and conferencesBailGoing to courtAppearing in court as a witnessDrug courts and other special programsOutcomes of courtAfter courtUnpaid fines Contacts: a justice advocate's phone bookResourcesWords, words, words: a criminal justice jargon-buster Index


Reviews of previous editions:A book in its third edition, like this one, is a success. Lawyers wanting a quick guide, youth workers, legal studies' teachers, police doing criminal justice courses, should all find it very, very useful. After all, it's packed full of practical up-to-date information about many facets of our criminal justice system. Money well spent, no doubt about it... The sub-title too, sells the work short. This book is about much more than cops and courts...This edition has new chapters on getting legal advice and assistance and security guards, as well as expanded sections on court processes and outcomes for common offences. Recent changes to the law and legal processes have also been included with new material on the youth and adult drug courts, police sniffer dogs, drug house legislation and other changes to police powers and court processes in NSW. The brief case histories bring many of the topics to life, though they tend to do so in a uniformly 'feel good' way. I enjoyed reading these vignettes of success... - Law Society (NSW) Journal, Vol 42(8), (Sept 2004), 83 Youth Justice is a coalface book for those supporting young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system in New South wales. Its advice is specific to New South Wales yet the issues will appeal to a national audience. - Pro Bono Australia This is a book I wish I had the first time I got nabbed. I won't go into the specifics, but for a youth going to court for the first time - this book is perfect. The prospect of going to court can seem rather daunting to most. Youth Justice simplifies the big, bad world of cops, lawyers and judges, wrapping it all into a nice easy to read and detailed book which, co-incidentally, only comes in purple. Youth Justice goes through and details the length of police officers' authority and power in New South Wales. Whether it is to do with warrants, children on the street, impounding your car, and even expected changes to policing powers - it's all there. Youth Justice gives a non-complicated run down on Apprended Violence Orders, services for victims for crime, dealing with lawyers, police searches and the powers of security guards. The text helps to improve police practices as well as dedicating a whole chapter to how you can influence your local police station, taking action against police and making complaints to the Ombudsman (he sounds like a nice bloke). Youth Justice does not stop there. Further reading explores the issues of bail, going to court, the outcomes of court including sentencing for drug and traffic offences as well as what to do if you have unpaid fines. As quoted within the text: "The aim of this book is to demystify the system by explaining the law and legal processes in a clear and jargon-free style." And I totally agree. Youth Justice is great for anyone who likes to live on the borderline of right and wrong (or is interested in juvenile law and practice). A definite buy if you have not been to court and are planning on a visit soon. An insightful read even for the law students (who supposedly know everything anyway). - Macquarie University Law Review, 2004

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