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Youth Justice Law in England and Wales

Providing legal knowledge and expertise about children’s rights in the criminal justice system.

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21 April 2021

YJLC Summit 2021

The Youth Justice Legal Centre Summit: Bias. Discrimination. Fear.  explored five areas where children in the criminal justice system experience discrimination: Girls, Race, Class, Kids (age), and Fear. Please contact YJLC@justforkidslaw.org for access to the replay videos.

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22 April 2021

Racial disparity in stop and search – new report calls for greater scrutiny of ‘self-generated’ searches

Document: Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Report – “Disproportionate use of police powers.  A spotlight on stop and search and the use of force“: https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/wp-content/uploads/disproportionate-use-of-police-powers-spotlight-on-stop-search-and-use-of-force.pdf Brief Overview: This report of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services Report (HMICFRS) examines key data on the use of stop and […]

7 April 2021

Lifting reporting restrictions for young people post-conviction – when does the excepting direction apply?

In this case the Court of Appeal upheld a Crown Court judge's decision to make an excepting direction allowing the reporting of a child defendant's in relation to a murder conviction at the conclusion of the proceedings. The judgment shows the reluctance of the higher courts to interfere with a balancing exercise carried out by Crown Court Judges where the reasoning cannot be said to be wrong in law.

18 March 2021

YJLC Summit Programme Announced

Join us to hear from leading experts from across the globe on how they have developed tools to confront discrimination in order to represent children better. Our call to action is defeating discrimination for children in the youth justice system.

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