Source: (2006) The Howard Journal. 45(2): 129-140.This article explores the diversionary measure of restorative final warnings within the context of the youth justice system. We examine the philosophy and rationale of the new era in cautioning and discuss the potential practice implications since its implementation in 2000, under the statutory legislation within the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. To date there has been very little research or academic debate on the new system of police cautioning of youth. Additionally, as final warnings develop a greater association with restorative justice practices, we explore how this ‘pre-court’ intervention has the potential to broaden oppressive and discriminatory practices within the youth justice system in relation to particular societal groups. Authors’ abstract.