McIvor, G, Barnsdale, L, Brown, A, Eley, S, Macrae, R, Malloch, M, Murray, C, Murray, L, Piacentini, L, Popham, F and Walters, R (2006) 'Evaluation of the Airdrie sheriff youth court pilot.' Scottish Executive Social Research, Edinburgh.
A pilot Youth Court was introduced at Airdrie Sheriff Court in June 2004. Its objectives are to:
- reduce the frequency and seriousness of re-offending by 16 and 17 year old offenders, particularly persistent offenders (and some 15 year olds who are referred to the court);
- promote the social inclusion, citizenship and personal responsibility of these young offenders while maximising their potential;
- establish fast track procedures for those young persons appearing before the Youth Court;
- enhance community safety, by reducing the harm caused to individual victims of crime and providing respite to those communities which are experiencing high levels of crime; and
- test the viability and usefulness of a Youth Court using existing legislation and to demonstrate whether legislative and practical improvements might be appropriate.