The Serious Young Offenders Review Panel (SYORP) was established as a recommendation under the NSW Juvenile Justice Advisory Council's (JJAC) Green Paper (published in 1993). SYORP is an independent body which makes recommendations to the Executive Director, Juvenile Justice, on the reclassification of and the granting of leave to detainees on Serious Children's Indictable Offences and on any other matter referred to it by the Director General or Minister. Meetings are held monthly.
The panel's role is complex as it seeks to balance the expectations of the community with needs and expectations of the young persons and their families in accordance with the relevant legislation and departmental guidelines.
The panel consists of community representatives with an understanding of community expectations and expertise on juvenile justice issues. Members of the panel are appointed by the Minister and approved by Cabinet. The composition of the panel is:
A Magistrate (Chairperson)
An independent person with qualifications in psychology
An independent community person with expertise in dealing with youth generally
A member of the Indigenous community
A victim of crime
A delegate of the Assistant Director General (Operations), Department of Juvenile Justice, as an ex-officio member.