In 2007 more than a third of court cases against young people were discharged. In most cases these were Youth Court cases where the young person admitted the offence, was sent to a family group conference and complied with the plan drawn up, which then resulted in discharge. This figure also includes a small number of cases discharged in the District Court or High Court after the offender either pleaded guilty or was found guilty. Around a quarter were proved in the Youth Court – these cases are recorded as 'proved' rather than as convictions. Those recorded as convictions were serious cases where sentencing was carried out by the District Court or High Court. Charges that were not proved were either withdrawn, dismissed, struck out, not proceeded with or resulted in acquittal.
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Source: Ministry of Justice