Records are kept of appearances before the Youth Court and the court can receive information regarding the number of times a youth has attended a formal police caution, family conference and any previous court appearances. Contrary to popular belief, convictions in the Youth Court remain on record and if the offender is later found guilty of an offence in an adult court, those convictions as a child can be taken into consideration at the time of sentencing, see COURT - CRIMINAL MATTERS, Effects of Criminal Convictions. Matters dealt with by formal cautions or family conferences are disregarded once the person is 18 years of age. Should a victim of an offence wish to know the identity of the youth and how the offence has been dealt with then he or she must be provided with this information.
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