Legal Updates

Anonymity for child defendants who are the victims of trafficking

January 23, 2018

This case is the most recent in an increasingly long line of authorities considering the UK’s international obligations to victims of trafficking who are forced to commit crimes integral to their trafficked status. The obligations derive from the Council of European Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings 2005, and from the EU Directive 2011/36 on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, and are now reflected in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Young witnesses (and defendants) urgently need intermediaries

January 17, 2018

A Voice for the Voiceless: The Victims’ Commissioner’s Review into the Provision of Registered Intermediaries for Children and Vulnerable Victims and Witnesses The victims’ commissioner has published a report based on findings from a research project in to the provision of Registered Intermediaries to vulnerable witnesses  through the Witness Intermediary Scheme. Details Intermediaries are specialists

Periods in custody

January 5, 2018

Independent custody visiting association letter to the home office about sanitary protection for women and girls in police custody The Independent Custody Visitors Association (ICVA) has written to the Home Office to raise concerns about the fact that the needs of menstruating women in custody are not being met. The letter encloses counsel’s opinion in

YJLC Award Winning News

November 22, 2017

The Youth Justice Legal Centre has been recognised for its innovative and ground breaking work in improving the justice system for children and young people.

Home Office publishes Concordat on Children in Custody

October 30, 2017

The Home Office has published a concordat on children in custody, preventing the detention of children in police stations following charge. The concordat aims to clarify the legal and statutory duties of the police and local authorities. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 requires the transfer of children who have been charged and denied bail to more appropriate Local Authority accommodation, with a related duty in the Children Act 1989 for Local Authorities to accept these transfers.

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