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Sentencing Powers (Juveniles)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what circumstances courts can impose (a) a detention and training order and (b) any other custody-based sentence on juveniles aged under 15, who have been found guilty of breaching an anti-social behaviour order.[129115]

Where a juvenile aged 15 or more but under 18 breachesan anti-social behaviour order (ASBO), the youth court can impose any sentence up to and including a Detention and Training Order (DTO). No other custodial sentence is available for such cases. It is for the court to decide which sentence is appropriate, in the light of the young person's background, home surroundings and family circumstances.