Advice for young people appearing in court

If you have been charged with an offence and will be attending court for the first time, you are likely to have concerns about what is going to happen to you.

Your first court appearance will be at West Hampshire Magistrates Court on the Avenue in Southampton. You should go to the Youth Court entrance; which is at the side of the building. You will be searched by security when you enter and your name will be taken.

You will be directed to the first floor of the building and will be spoken to by a court usher. They will make a note of your name and ask if you have a legal representative.

You are entitled to seek legal advice should you wish to. If you do not have a solicitor and feel you require legal advice, a duty solicitor is available at the court, but you may have to wait to see them.

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