156. Duty and power to refer to youth offender panels.

The following provisions1 apply where a youth court2 or other magistrates' court is dealing with a person aged under 183 for an offence and:


    (1)     neither the offence nor any connected offence4 is one for which the sentence is fixed by law5;


    (2)     the court is not, in respect of the offence or any connected offence, proposing to impose a custodial sentence on the offender or make a hospital order6 in his case7; and


    (3)     the court is not proposing to discharge him, whether absolutely or conditionally, in respect of the offence