Month: January 2017
Court of Appeal quash sentence of detention and replace it with a YRO
R. v G (18/01/2017, unreported) The Court of Appeal considered the purpose of sentencing for children namely, to prevent reoffending and to promote the welfare of the child, when they quashed a sentence of 27 months’ detention following a conviction for wounding with intent and replaced it with a Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO).
What’s in a name? A High Court case on preserving the anonymity of child defendants
In 2009 parties A and B were convicted of offences which caused public outrage. The original case was known as the ‘Eddlington’ case. The case brought before Sir Geoffrey Vos in the High Court was an application for a permanent order restraining the press and all other persons from publishing A and Bs names or identities following their 18th birthdays. There are limited cases of this nature therefore the outcome and the clarification of points relating to human rights and public protection are important.
A type of sentence where no punishment is given. It becomes a spent conviction immediately.
The ability to understand and be involved in what is happening in court.
Court of Appeal rule sentence of child was manifestly excessive due to his age and personal circumstances
R v H  EWCA Crim 2064 The Court of Appeal ruled that a sentencing judge had imposed an excessive sentence on a child, H. This case reinforces the special status of children in the criminal justice process and particularly when they come to be sentenced