The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The government had breached their obligation to treat children’s best interests as a primary consideration under Article 3 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The Supreme Court confirmed that European convention rights must be interpreted in ‘harmony’ with international human rights law.
New mandatory minimum custodial sentence for 16 and 17 year olds convicted of a second knife crime offence committed after 17 July 2015.
This was an appeal from the Divisional Court of Northern Ireland. The child, known as JR38, argued that publication of photographs of him constituted a breach of his article 8 rights. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal. The court considered whether his article 8 right to a private life was engaged.
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