The Children's Court Act 1987 (53/1987) replaced existing legislation relating to Children's Courts. This Act (which had the long title 'An Act to establish a Children's Court of New South Wales') gave the NSW Children's Court its own piece of legislation for the first time. It separated the Children's Court further from the rest of the courts and justice system, giving magistrates and officers more independence, and required Children's Court judges to have special training in social or behavioural sciences, or to be specially qualified in some other way to work with children and young people. This Act came as part of a block of legislation, with the Community Welfare Act 1987 and the Child (Care and Protection) Bill 1987. In 2014 it was current.
Prepared by: Liam Hogan
Created: 14 March 2014, Last modified: 10 June 2021