Youth Justice Law in England and Wales
Providing legal knowledge and expertise about children’s rights in the criminal justice system.
Court of Appeal judgment on deeming children dangerous
The appellant’s extended determinate sentence was quashed following a finding that the trial judge did not take into account his age or maturity in the context of assessing dangerousness.
Supreme Court judgment on parental responsibility and consenting to deprivation of a child’s liberty
The UK Supreme Court examined whether it is within the scope of parental responsibility to consent to living arrangements for a 16-17 year old child that would amount to a deprivation of liberty under article 5 of the European Convention of Human Rights.
Representing looked after children at the police station – a guide for lawyers
The Youth Justice Legal Centre and The Howard League for Penal Reform have published a guide which provides practical steps that lawyers can take to reduce the criminalisation of looked-after children and ensure they receive the support and assistance they need.
Court of Appeal judgment on lifting reporting restrictions
The Court of Appeal upheld the decision to lift reporting restrictions in a case involving a 16 year old defendant.
Magistrates’ Association report on disproportionality in the youth justice system
The Magistrates Association have produced a report on the over-representation of Black andMinority Ethnic (BAME) children in the criminal justice system entitled.
A worrying Court of Appeal Judgment for children facing custody
The Court of Appeal upheld an immediate custodial sentence of two years for an 18-year-old, who was 15 to 16 at the time of offences relating to the supply of Class A drugs within a county lines context.
PACE Codes updated regarding the care and treatment of detainees
PACE Codes C and H have been updated. Many of the changes relate to the care and treatment of detainees and and may have a particularly significant impact on children and young people in police detention.