Youth Justice Law in England and Wales
Providing legal knowledge and expertise about children’s rights in the criminal justice system.
Home Office Guidance: Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines
This is revised guidance aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults.
Report on how the UK’s cannabis policies are affecting young people
Volteface, a think tank which looks at alternatives to current drug policies in the UK, have published a report on how effectively the UK’s cannabis policies are safeguarding young people from harm including from a criminal justice perspective.
A case on sentencing children and young adults for manslaughter
The Court of Appeal held that the sentencing starting points taken by the judge, which had ranged from eight years and two months to nine years and six months' imprisonment, were lenient, however, not unduly lenient.
WhatsApp – a case on automatically downloaded images
R v Cyprian Okoro  EWCA Crim 1929 The Court of Appeal considered whether images automatically downloaded from What's App on to a mobile phone…
Changes to PACE Codes
Updated PACE Codes of Practice Changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act Codes of Practice came in to force on 31 July 2018. Details…
Justice Select Committee report on disclosure in criminal cases
The Justice Select Committee has released a report on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. Disclosure of unused material in criminal cases is essential to a defendant receiving a fair trial. The urgency to revisit disclosure processes became apparent after a notorious failure in a number of cases between December 2017 and spring 2018. The report examines the failures in disclosure, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police, and provides a set of recommendations to ensure a more effective disclosure process.