Kids in Hervey Bay court skyrocketing

THE percentage of children appearing before the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court nearly tripled in the space of a year.

According to a report into Queensland's Magistrates Courts tabled in parliament, 7.76% of Hervey Bay court defendants in 2014-15 were children.

In comparison just 2.68% of the court's defendants in the period from 2013-14 were children.

But the trend was reversed in Maryborough where the percentage of kids appearing before court dropped from 7% in 2013-14 to 5.73% in 2014-15.

University of Queensland youth justice lecturer Dr Suzanna Fay-Ramirez said statewide there was a trend of more children facing court - but facing fewer charges.

She said the statistics could not prove whether there was an increase in youth crime or a more targeted approach from police.

She said the number of children facing court in Queensland had increased since 2012 after the Campbell Newman government's changes to the youth justice system but there could be significant changes year-to-year.

She said the former government's moves to minimise the use of youth conferencing and removing provisions making court a last resort for minors had impacted the numbers.

"Previous to Campbell Newman's changes, detention and criminal courts were seen as a last resort. We had this thing called youth conferencing which was a proven way of getting to children before they went to court," she said.

"That wasn't ended but it was reduced under Campbell Newman's changes."

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has promised to roll back these changes - stating in December 2015 she would again make court the last resort for minors.

But shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said the LNP's measures were working and they would not guarantee support for any changes.

"We will look closely at the legislation, but the LNP is opposed to going back to a broken system that clearly wasn't working," he said.


Topics:  children court crime hervey bay hervey bay magistrates court

YOUR PICS: Best sunset photos that lit up Fraser Coast

Special sunset with a rainbow as a bonus.

To top it all off there was a rainbow.

INSPIRING: Cancer patient shares journey through video diary

In honour of Breast Caner Awareness Month, Wide Bay cancer patient Kim Pointon is sharing her story. Pictured are Kim (middle) with daughters Ainsley and Sammi-Jo Pointon.

Wide Bay woman on a mission to encourage others.

UPDATE: Below average temps for Hervey Bay and Maryborough

Rain falls out to sea at Pialba beach.

There were no records broken but the weather got cold.

Local Partners

Taylor Swift files lawsuit over alleged groping

Taylor Swift source Bang

Swift has commenced legal action against a DJ over the incident

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.