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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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25 September 2020

A report on the state of youth justice in England and Wales

This report seeks to offer a contextual analysis of trends suggested by the latest available data on youth crime. By doing this, it facilitates an assessment of the treatment of children within the youth justice system and the extent to which the system takes adequate account of children’s rights, best interest and longer-term wellbeing. The report strongly advocates the adoption of a child first philosophy.

Latest Updates

20 September 2020

Update on the Coronavirus Health Protection Regulations: Implications for Children

Since the implementation of legislation pertaining to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Youth Justice Legal Centre have provided regular updates following the ongoing releases of government legislation. This article addresses the further changes made by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020, which came into force on 14 September 2020 and the guidance which was also published[i]. In particular, we outline the changes the amendments make to the Act and the Regulations in respect of its effect on children and young people.

7 September 2020

Covid-19 legislation extends pre-trial custody time limits

The 2020 Regulations extend pre-trial custody time limits in the Crown Court to a maximum of 238 days, with the ultimate intention of easing the backlog of cases in the Crown Court as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, the new limits – which apply to children and adults alike – may serve to unfairly remand innocent individuals in custody.

21 August 2020

R v Cleland: The consideration of a hospital order by the Court of Appeal with fresh evidence of a child’s autism

The Court of Appeal replaced the sentence of life detention for attempted murder imposed on a 16 year old (at the time of the offence) with a hospital and restriction order under section 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983 after fresh evidence was placed before the court that, at the time of the offence, the offender had been suffering from autistic spectrum disorder.  

27 July 2020

Review into the public safety and security challenge and the evolving role of the police

The Police Foundation have published the first phase of a strategic review of policing in England and Wales. It considers the nature of the public safety challenge including how people feel about crime and their perception of their own safety how this challenge has changed over recent years and how it might evolve over the next 20 years. The second phase of the review will be concluded in 2021 and will focus on how the police should respond to these challenges. In recognising that the public security challenge has changed and that the role of the police needs to be re-examined, the review could in time help to change the approach to policing young people.

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