Rules may be changed around how child offenders are dealt with, in our justice system.
Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows is signalling changes may be on the cards as the Government responds to a report that calls for better measures to stop child offenders becoming career criminals.
He says they're looking at whether provisions used in the youth court for 14 to 17 year old offenders could be applied to child offenders.
"Should they be held on provisions such as curfew, non-association clauses, bans from certain areas and those sorts of things. At the moment the court can't do that. The paper recommends that it should and we're looking to see whether that's the case."
Mr Borrows says he's warm to the change being made.
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