After a youth offender pleads guilty or is found guilty, the court may adjourn the hearing to call for one or more of the following:
The judge may call for a pre-sentence report by a probation officer from the Ministry of Social and Family Development. This will include relevant information such as the youth offender’s:
The judge will discuss the case with the probation officer, a court family specialist and 2 panel advisers before deciding on the appropriate orders. This session will take place before the next court hearing for the case.
In some cases, the court may ask the youth offender and the youth's parents or guardians to attend a case conference before deciding on the orders to make. This is not a counselling session but an extension of the Youth Courts process. A court family specialist will conduct the session.
The aim of each case conference depends on the circumstances. The court will set out the purposes of the case conference, which may include: