Young offenders

A supplementary document, designed to support students investigate criminal law, processes and institutions and the tension between community interests and individual rights and freedoms.

Themes and challenges

  • the role of discretion in the criminal justice system
  • issues of compliance and non-compliance in regard to criminal law
  • the extent to which law reflects moral and ethical standards
  • the role of law reform in the criminal justice system
  • the extent to which the law balances the rights of victims, offenders and society
  • the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in achieving justice.


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus (2009) © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2009

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