Youth Justice Law in England and Wales
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Barristers in the Youth Court must declare they are competent to represent vulnerable children
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has introduced new rules that require barristers practising in the Youth Court must declare their competence to do so.
High Court rules childhood criminal records disclosure scheme unlawful (again)
The claimants, victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) with childhood convictions relating to prostitution, successfully challenged the legality of the criminal record disclosure schemes. The High Court affirmed earlier judgments that the current criminal record disclosure schemes are arbitrary and indiscriminate and there is an inadequate assessment of present risk in a particular employment and are unlawful.
New Sentencing Council Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons Definitive Guideline for children and young people
The Sentencing Council has published a new definitive guideline on Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons, it comes in to force on 1 June 2018. The document includes a separate guideline for sentencing children and young people.
Equal Treatment Bench Book 2018: new edition launched
Equal Treatment Bench Book, Judicial College, February 2018 The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated and expanded by the Judicial College who state that…
High Court rule University wrong to expel student with childhood criminal convictions
The High Court has quashed the decision of the University of Wolverhampton to expel a student from an accredited Master of Pharmacy degree course for convictions relating to offences committed he was 14 years old.
Youth Justice Statistics 2016-17 show rise in over-representation of BAME children
The Youth Justice Board and the Ministry of Justice have published statistics for children and young people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales for the year ending March 2017.