The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The Youth Justice Board has published a statement outlining its position on children appearing in court via video link.
On 7th April 2016, Mr Justice Globe of Leeds Crown Court passed sentences on two girls, F and D, convicted of the murder of Angela Wrightson. In his decision, Justice Globe also had to consider whether to grant anonymity to F and D following an application by the media to lift reporting restrictions preventing identification of the girls.
McCormick (Adam) v HM Advocate  HCJAC 50
The High Court of Justiciary (Appeal) ruled that a trial judge had imposed an excessive sentence on a child. This is a helpful case restating the principles underpinning the sentencing of children.
The victim surcharge is being increased for offences committed on or after 8 April 2016. The victim surcharge is mandatory, there is no discretion, even for children.
The amended Criminal Practice Directions 2015 (in force on 4 April 2016) contains a revised practice direction on the appointment and use of intermediaries during criminal trials. The new practice direction has attracted criticism because it suggests intermediaries for defendants will be ‘rare’.
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