Where a person under the age of 18 years (a minor) is charged with a criminal offence, the matter is generally dealt with by either a caution, or a conference or by the Youth court, under the Young Offenders Act 1993 (SA).
Serious criminal matters may be dealt with in adult courts. For example, when a youth is charged with murder, the matter will be referred to the Supreme Court. See The Youth Court.
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