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Category: Legal Updates

15 May 2018

Child-friendly youth justice?

Child-friendly youth justice?  A compendium of papers given at a conference at the University of Cambridge in September 2017 The National Association for Youth Justice (NAYJ) has published a compendium of papers relating to youth justice.  The papers disseminate some of the themes realised at a conference on child-friendly youth justice in September 2017 organised […]

9 May 2018

Professionals guide to police records

A Professionals’ Guide to Police Records by Alex Temple Just for Kids Law & Paul Hastings have produced this guide to police records.  This guide is intended to help any professionals attempting to navigate the criminal records system and provide advice to individuals.  

3 May 2018

18 is still not a cliff edge – another Court of Appeal case

R v Hobbs and DM [2018] EWCA Crim 1003 The Court of Appeal have ruled that when sentencing an 18 year old for an offence of manslaughter, committed when she was 17, the sentencing court should have had regard to the sentencing guidelines for children and young people as well as to the level of her […]

27 April 2018

Response to the Youth Sentencing Code Consultation

The Sentencing Code (disposals relating to children and young persons): consultation response by the Howard League for Penal Reform and Just for Kids Law/Youth Justice Legal Centre. The Howard League for Penal Reform and Just for Kids Law / Youth Justice Legal Centre have drafted a joint response to the consultation on the Law Commission’s […]

17 April 2018

Report suggests child defendants’ right to a fair trial compromised by video link hearings

“They just don’t understand what’s happened or why”: A report on child defendants and video links The Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) have published a report and ‘open letter’ raising concerns about the increased  use of video links for court hearings involving child defendants. Details The government and senior judiciary’s plans to modernise the […]

10 April 2018

A fairer court system for young adults?

A fairer way: procedural fairness for young adults at court, Centre for Justice Innovation, April 2018 The Centre for Justice Innovation have published a paper setting out the rationale and method for implementing and testing a procedurally fairer way to hear the cases of young adult defendants in the criminal courts in England and Wales. […]

9 April 2018

Government publishes new serious violence strategy

Serious Violence Strategy, Home Office, 09 April 2018 The Home Office have published their strategy for responding to the recent increase in serious violence, knife and gun crime and homicide in England and Wales. Given that a high number of perpetrators are children and young people, a significant part of the strategy is directed at […]

23 March 2018

The Law Commission’s Sentencing Code Consultation relating to children

Law Commission’s sentencing code consultation The Law Commission are consulting on elements of the new Sentencing Code relating to children. Details The Law Commission have been working to produce a Sentencing Code for the last 3 years. It is envisaged that the Code will bring together the different areas of sentencing procedure, in order to […]

21 March 2018

Howard League Toolkit for sentencing children

Following workshops with 80 children who have been through the criminal courts, the Howard League for Penal Reform have published a toolkit for adults working with or supporting children through the sentencing process.