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28 June 2018

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 […]

26 June 2018

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 […]

12 June 2018

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 […]

7 June 2018

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 […]

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.  

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. […]