A note on the age of criminal responsibility
Age of Criminal Responsibility, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), June 2018 The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology have published a note which considers whether the current age of criminal responsibility is appropriate by exploring international legal standards, scientific research on mental and moral development and alternative approaches to dealing with children in conflict […]
Modern Slavery Masterclass
YJLC were delighted to offer an evening masterclass on Modern Slavery, Child Trafficking and County Lines, generously hosted by Garden Court Chambers and charged by Kate Aubrey-Johnson. The speakers, Henry Blaxland QC, Claire Sands, Stewart MacLachlan and Aika Stephenson shared their varied and extensive knowledge on this complex and emergent area of law. Details County […]
Young victims of trafficking must be protected from being re-trafficked.
R (on the application of TDT (By his litigation friend Tara Topteagarden) (Appellant) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) and Equality & Human Rights Commission (Intervener)  EWCA Civ 1395 The Court of Appeal (Civil Division) has ruled that the Secretary of State for the Home Department breached article 4 of the […]
Young adults in the criminal justice system – a Justice Committee report
Young adults in the Criminal Justice System, House of Commons Justice Committee, June 2018 This report calls on the Ministry of Justice to take decisive action to reform the way young adults are dealt with in the criminal justice system (CJS). It advocates revisiting urgently previous recommendations for a new framework for the disclosure […]
Youth Justice Summit 2018
The Youth Justice Legal Centre’s annual Youth Justice Summit took place on 11 May 2018. The Summit’s theme was Children and the Police and we were delighted to bring together 170 youth justice practitioners including some of the country’s leading experts in this specialist area of law. YJLC are proud to be building a community […]
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 […]
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.
18 is not a cliff edge – another Court of Appeal ruling
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 maturity given that she was still a young adult
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]