Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow

Youth Court - Glasgow Sheriff Court

Glasgow Sheriff Court are now in a position to start its Youth Court pilot.

Referrals to the court can be made from this week. The court will commence sitting with effect from Tuesday 1st June 2021.

As with the drug and alcohol courts, the youth court will be a sentencing court – referrals to the court coming at or after the point of conviction. Cases in the youth court will be allocated to specific summary sheriffs who will retain responsibility for them.
All summary sheriffs will preside in the court from its inception.

The summary sheriff allocated to the remand court each day will deal with their own youth court cases (again in court 4) at 2 pm. In time, depending upon numbers, a system of allocated slots could be developed. That will be a matter for discussion.

Sentencing will, of course, remain a matter for the presiding sheriff, however, experience from the alcohol court suggests that the most flexible approach in a problem-solving court can be achieved by way of imposing a structured deferred sentence.

Criteria for referral are attached. At this stage, it will be offenders under the age of 21 (at the time of plea or conviction) who can be referred.It is expected that it will be summary cases only which are referred, however, in exceptional circumstances accepting solemn cases may be considered (in which case arrangements will be made for a sheriff to preside).

The social work department are very supportive. It is anticipated that the allocated social worker would appear in court with the young person and be available to the presiding sheriff to answer any questions regarding the care plan.


Youth Court Criteria / Referral Procedures

1. Offenders must live within Glasgow City Council boundaries.

2. Offender must be under the age of 21 at the time of conviction.

3. There is no restriction on the type of case that may be referred (i.e. domestic offenders can be referred). The expectation is that the court will deal with summary cases only, however, solemn cases will be accommodated in exceptional circumstances.

4. Cases that begin before a sheriff (including those where there has been a trial) can be referred to the court, if appropriate. A referral to the court will always be a matter for the presiding sheriff (in the same way as referrals to the drug and alcohol courts currently operate).

5. Each summary sheriff will retain cases referred from their trial courts; and remand courts. Referrals from sheriffs will be allocated to summary sheriffs according to the court programme / loadings.

6. A report from social work should be requested at the same time as the offender is referred to the court. Admission to the court will be a matter for the sheriff presiding there.


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