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Children's Court of Western Australia
Children's Court of Western Australia

Practice Direction 6 of 2022 - Application Under s 189(3) of the Young Offenders Act 1994

1. Application of Practice Direction

This Practice Direction applies to an application made under s 189(3) of the Young Offenders Act 1994 which relates to a conviction or convictions for a young person, recorded by a court on an earlier occasion.

This Practice Direction replaces Practice Direction 7 of 2021 and has effect from 31 October 2022.

2. Form

An application made under s 189(3) of the Act is to be made using the relevant form - Section 189(3) Application.

3. Timing of application

If an application, referred to in paragraph 2, will be relevant to an upcoming sentencing for an applicant it should be lodged at least 7 days prior to the listed sentencing date.

Other applications may be lodged at any time.

The applicant must serve a copy of the application (and accompanying affidavit) on the Director of Public Prosecutions and Youth Justice Services, Department of Justice, as soon as practicable after it is lodged with the Court but not later than 7 days before the hearing date for the application.

4. Affidavit

An application, as referred to in paragraph 2, is to be supported by an affidavit.

The affidavit in support of an application must:

  1. address the reasons for the application including why time should be abridged;
  2. identify and explain the special circumstances to be relied on by the applicant; and
  3. include a list of pending charges, if any.

5. Listing of application

Where appropriate, an application referred to in paragraph 2 will be heard at the same time as a sentencing hearing involving the applicant.

6. Directions

The Court may dispense with a requirement of this practice direction if:

  1. the urgency of the application requires; or
  2. for any other reasons the Court considers it appropriate to do so.

Judge Hylton Quail

President
Children's Court of Western Australia
26 October 2022


Last updated: 2 March 2023

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