Legal Updates archives for October 2017

Home Office publishes Concordat on Children in Custody

October 30, 2017

The Home Office has published a concordat on children in custody, preventing the detention of children in police stations following charge. The concordat aims to clarify the legal and statutory duties of the police and local authorities. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 requires the transfer of children who have been charged and denied bail to more appropriate Local Authority accommodation, with a related duty in the Children Act 1989 for Local Authorities to accept these transfers.

MOJ guidance limits punitive restrictions following release from custody

October 4, 2017

Notices of supervision: guidance for youth offending teams, MOJ, October 2017 The Ministry of Justice has issued non-statutory guidance on the imposition of electronic monitoring and Intensive Supervision and Surveillance (ISS) requirements on young people released from custody on a Notice of Supervision. It states that such measures should only be used if necessary and

Changes to Criminal Practice Directions – Pre-Recorded Cross-Examination

October 2, 2017

The Fifth Amendment to the Criminal Practice Directions 2015 provides the rules governing case management where Section 28 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (YJCEA) is used. In addition, the Lord Chief Justice issued guidance on the use of s.28 YJCEA 1999 during the pilot scheme. While the latter is in force these two documents should be read together.

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