|Made||28th October 2003|
|To be laid before Parliament|
|Coming into operation||18th December 2003|
Convening youth conferences
3. - (1) Where a reference has been made under Article 10A or 33A of the Order the co-ordinator shall -
(b) inform the child of the procedure to be adopted at the youth conference;
(c) fix the date on which and the time and place at which the youth conference is to be held;
(d) take all reasonable steps to ensure that notice of the date on which and the time and place at which the youth conference is to be held is given, orally and in writing, a reasonable time before the youth conference is to be held to -
always provided that no notice is required to be given to any person whose whereabouts cannot, after reasonable enquiries, be ascertained; and
(e) contact the victim of the offence in order to explain the procedure of a youth conference to him and to establish whether he wishes to participate in the youth conference.
(2) Failure to give notice to any person in accordance with paragraph (1)(d) shall not affect the validity of the youth conference unless it is shown that the failure is likely to have materially affected the outcome of the youth conference.
Relevant information, advice and reports
4. The co-ordinator may obtain such information, advice and reports in relation to the child as he may deem necessary for the purposes of the youth conference.
5. Prior to the commencement of a youth conference the co-ordinator shall consider a statement of the child's criminal record including any cautions administered by a constable.
Youth conference procedure
6. - (1) Subject to these Rules the co-ordinator shall conduct a youth conference in such manner as appears to him to be appropriate.
(2) A youth conference may from time to time be adjourned to a time and place determined by the co-ordinator.
(3) The co-ordinator may allow a participant to participate in or attend any meeting constituting, or forming part of, a youth conference, by means of a live link, always provided that the child shall not participate in any such meeting by such means unless he is accompanied by the participants set out in Article 3A(2)(a), (c) and (d) of the Order.
(4) The co-ordinator may allow any meeting constituting, or forming part of, a youth conference to be conducted by means of a live link.
(5) Prior to commencement of the youth conference the co-ordinator shall explain the procedure to be adopted at the youth conference to the participants.
Time limits for diversionary youth conferences
7. - (1) A report under Article 10B(1)(b) or 10C of the Order shall be made to the Director within 30 working days of receipt of a reference under Article 10A of the Order by the co-ordinator.
(2) The co-ordinator shall notify the Director immediately it becomes apparent to the co-ordinator that the time limit set out in paragraph (1) cannot reasonably be complied with.
(3) The Director may extend the time limit set out in paragraph (1) and may do so whether or not the time so appointed has expired.
(4) Failure to comply with the time limit set out in paragraphs (1) and (3) shall not affect the validity of the youth conference.
Power to exclude certain participants
8. The co-ordinator may require any person otherwise entitled to participate in a youth conference by virtue of Article 3A(6) of the Order who is, in his opinion -
to leave and may permit him to return, if at all, only on such conditions as the co-ordinator may direct.
Termination of a youth conference
9. An application under Article 33D(2) of the Order for the youth conference to be terminated shall include a statement of the reasons for such application.
Youth conference plans
10. - (1) A person required to monitor compliance with a youth conference plan shall monitor the child's compliance with the requirements specified in the plan during the period specified therein.
(2) A report under Article 10D(6) of the Order shall be made to the Director within 10 days of the ending of the period specified in the youth conference plan.
One of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State
Northern Ireland Office
28th October 2003
Rule 10 makes provision about youth conference plans, including provision about the period within which the functions of persons required to monitor compliance with youth conference plans must be performed.