Expert Comment On Teen Courts

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–– Expert comment on teen courts ––


The Victorian Government is considering establishing youth courts, where

teenagers would hear cases and decide punishments for young people who have

committed minor offences.


What are the advantages of young offenders being judged by their peers?


What does the research show about the effectiveness of peer judgment on the

behaviour of teenagers?


RMIT University’s Professor Judith Bessant is an expert on youth issues.


Professor Bessant is the Head of RMIT’s Youth Work Program – the oldest of its

kind in Australia.


Her research interests include the just treatment of young people and supporting

ethical conduct towards teenagers. 


She has made significant contributions to youth policy through government

taskforces and her own research papers.


Professor Bessant is available for comment on the issues related to youth courts.


For interviews: RMIT University’s Professor Judith Bessant, 0413 551 505.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Media and Communications,

Gosia Kaszubska, (03) 9925 3176 or 0417 510 735.

15 October, 2008






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