The Judge and magistrates of the Youth Court can hear any matter relating to criminal offending, including major indictable offences. Following a guilty plea or, if the matter proceeds to trial, a finding of guilt, the Court may choose not to impose a penalty, or can impose any of the following outcomes:
- Detention for a period of up to 3 years;
- Home detention for a period of up to 12 months;
- Detention for a period of up to 2 years followed by home detention for a period of up to 12 months;
- An obligation to be of good behaviour;
- A community service order;
- An order than compensation be paid to the victim;
- Licence disqualification (for motor vehicle related offences); or
- A fine
The Court may also order that the youth pay the court costs and victims of crime levy.
Where the Court has imposed a sentence of detention, the judicial officer may decide to suspend that sentence upon the youth entering into an obligation to be of good behaviour. Failure to comply with that obligation may then revoke that suspension.