The Magistrates Court of Tasmania aims to serve the community by providing access to an accountable, independent and impartial system of justice administered according to law.
The Evaluation Report for the Hobart Specialised Youth Justice Court (SYJC) Pilot has been released. The SYJC Pilot started in January 2011. It operated as a specialist list in Hobart, presided over by a designated or 'specialist' youth justice magistrate, not as a separate or distinct court.
In recent years, the Court has introduced the following two diversion programs aimed at improving overall outcomes:
The Court Mandated Diversion (CMD) program provides Magistrates with an option to divert eligible offenders into treatment for their drug use through either the bail or sentencing process.
The Diversion List enables Magistrates to deliver a more therapeutic response to defendants whose offending behaviour is connected to mental health issues, cognitive disability, or acquired brain injury.
Information about the sentencing process and what is taken into account by judicial officers can be found on the Sentencing Website