The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The judgment of the Court of Appeal rejecting the appeal of JC and RT states that any section 39 order (reporting restrictions for children involved in criminal proceedings) will “expire” on the recipient’s 18th birthday.
The Lord Chief Justice dismissed the appeal against sentence of the 15 year old, who was sentenced to detention for life with a minimum term of 20 years for the murder of school teacher Ann Maguire.
“One Rule for All” approach announced for gang members in pilot areas
On 22nd January 2015 the Mayor announced a new pilot scheme to tackle gang crime to be launched in Haringey, Westminster and Lambeth. The “one rule for all” approach to the “Shield” initiative states that all members of a gang will be punished should any gang member commit an offence.
A child who is accused of committing a crime with an adult (someone aged 18 or over).
A parent or guardian can be given a bind over after their child has been found guilty of any offence. A parental bind over is a promise to the court to take proper care and exercise proper control over the child.
The High Court confirmed that it was rare for a case challenging the decision to prosecute to succeed. However this is a useful case in reviewing the case law in this area, and confirming that the courts will take a different approach when the claimant is a child.
A child will usually have their trial in the youth court unless they are charged with an adult or they are charged with a serious offence.
A sentence to prevent children committing further offences by helping the child understand the effect of the crime on the victims.
When a person is kept in a cell, for example at court, in the police station, or in youth detention, there is a hole in the locked door that can be opened so that the police or prison officers can speak to the detained person and pass them food and drink without having to open the door.
A curfew means a person must be at an address between certain times.
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