Legal Updates archives for October 2016

Child and adolescent brain development and its impact on propensity to criminal behaviour

October 31, 2016

The treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system: Seventh Report of Session 2016-17: House of Commons Justice Committee

This report about young adults in the criminal justice system is a helpful reminder to the judiciary, lawyers and other youth justice professionals that adolescent brain development and children’s immaturity has a direct impact on criminal behaviour and has implications for how they should be treated in the criminal justice system.

Young age strong mitigating factor in sentencing

October 14, 2016

R v Finnerty (Daniel Mark) [2016] EWCA Crim 1513

In this case the Court of Appeal quashed an extended sentence given to a 16-year old. He had previously undiagnosed ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. In the court’s judgment, it considered that the appellant’s young age was of particular importance when it came to sentencing and that generally a child should be dealt with less harshly than an adult offender.

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