Representing Youth in the Criminal Justice System

There is a crisis of youth in the criminal justice system and representing youth requires specialist understanding. It's crucial to be across the practical pathways in navigating this complex system. Gain a comprehensive and practical approach and advocacy tips from experts on representing young people plus the case updates to assist you. You will cover issues from arrest through to completion including unlawful arrests, mental health and domestic violence considerations, challenges related to adult and juvenile co-offenders, bail, sentencing and more during a dynamic 3-hour session. Join us in person or watch online to receive guidance on navigating these issues and ensuring equitable treatment for your client.

Thursday, 12 September 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $294.00

Attend and earn 3 CPD units in Substantive Law
This program is based on WA legislation


April Jarmoszewicz, Lawyer, Investigation & Enforcement Action, Enforcement & Compliance, Australian Securities and Investments Commission

4.15pm to 5.15pm Reviewing Key Decisions of the Year, with Subsequent Issues Discussed


  • Focus on splitting/joining of adult and juvenile co-offenders and associated issues
    • Challenges in the justice system when handling cases involving co-offenders of different ages
    • Complexities involved in determining the fitness of youth offenders to stand trial, including assessments of cognitive development, maturity, and capacity to understand legal proceedings
    • Impact on sentencing, rehabilitation prospects, and the balance between accountability and protection
    • Strategies
    • Review of significant cases

Presented by Shirley Casey, Barrister, Albert Wolff Chambers

2.00pm to 3.00pm Looking Ahead: Present Status and Future Changes


  • Watch-houses, detention, and bail updates
  • Monitoring devices: what's new
  • Addressing serious repeat offenders
  • Domestic violence in youth sentencing: why it matters
  • Representing indigenous children, youth & families

Presented by Melissa Sandars, Principal and Director, Mel Legal

3.00pm to 4.00pm A Guide to Representing Children and Young Persons from Arrest to Completion


  • Unlawful arrest and detainment
  • How to advocate for youths in custody
  • Balancing the rights and needs of young persons
  • Navigating capacity and other considerations
  • Effective advocacy and representation in the Children's court
  • Impact of expert reports on court decisions, bail, and sentencing outcomes for youth
  • Challenges and ethical considerations

Presented by Eloise Barker, Principal and Managing Lawyer, Timpano Legal

4.00pm to 4.15pm Afternoon Tea


April Jarmoszewicz, Lawyer, Investigation & Enforcement Action, Enforcement & Compliance, Australian Securities and Investments Commission
April is a lawyer at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission where she practices in financial crime against the Australian Securities Exchange. Prior to this she worked for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions as a federal prosecutor focussing on human exploitation and border protection cases and prior to that she was a criminal defence lawyer for a national firm. April has solely practiced in crime since her admission to practice and admission to the High Court in 2020.

Melissa Sandars, Principal and Director at Mel Legal

Shirley Casey, Barrister,Albert Wolff Chambers
Shirley is a Barrister at Francis Burt Chambers, having joined the Bar on 1 August 2022. Prior to this she worked for a boutique criminal law firm in Subiaco, and prior to that, she was a senior associate for a national firm. Shirley moved to Australia in 2008 to practice law. She has practiced solely in crime with a dabble in civil law very early on.

Eloise Barker, Principal and Managing Lawyer, Timpano Legal
Admitted to the WA Supreme Court in 2016, Eloise has practised almost exclusively in the field of criminal litigation and related areas, including restraining orders, criminal and traffic matters and criminal appeals. Eloise joined Timpano Legal in August of 2022, after working for several years with the Aboriginal Legal Services of Western Australia. Through that role, she gained a myriad of skills representing clients throughout WA in Magistrates, District and Supreme Court. With a genuine passion for advocacy, Eloise has experience representing both juvenile and adult clients at trial and sentencings. She is dedicated to protecting the rights of her clients and ensuring that their voice is heard. Eloise is focused on achieving the best possible outcome for each client by providing thorough, detailed advice and effective advocacy.


Representing Youth in the Criminal Justice System


Single Session
Thursday, 12 September 2024
2.00pm to 5.15pm Australia/Perth
CPD Points 3
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $294.00
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Post Seminar Recording

Cliftons - Perth

Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Nearby Public Transport:
Train Stations - Elizabeth Quay Train Station
Bus Interchange - St Georges Terrace, after Milligan St (1 min walk)

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