High Court ruling on arrest following voluntary interview
The High Court found that arresting a volunteer at the police station was not a reasonable course of action by the police.
Custodial sentences passed for breaching anonymity injunction
Three individuals admitted contempt of court for publishing information about Thompson and Venables in breach of an injunction and were sentenced to suspended custodial sentences.
State of Children’s Rights Report 2018
State of Children’s Rights 2018, Children’s Rights Alliance England, published March 2019 The Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE) have published their annual report on the state of children’s rights in England and Wales. Details The report concludes that the way children in conflict with the law are treated is still in need of urgent reform. […]
Court of Appeal Ruling on DYOI and DTO running concurrently
The Court of Appeal ruled that a sentence of Detention in a Young Offenders Institution (DYOI) could only run concurrently to a period of detention imposed for breaching the conditions of the supervision element of a Detention and Training Order (DTO) by virtue of committing new imprisonable offences.
Court of Appeal ruling on RLAA counting towards sentence
The Court of Appeal found that credit for time spent on remand to local authority accommodation (RLAA) and time spent on a curfew as part of RLAA can only be given by calculating the sentence accordingly.
Report on young witnesses in the criminal courts
Researchers revisited an NSPCC report called 'Measuring up? Evaluating Implementation of Government commitments to young witnesses in criminal proceedings' (2009) to asses what progress has been made in the decade since its publication.
Youth diversion schemes researched in England and Wales
The Centre for Justice Innovation have mapped youth diversion schemes across Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) in England and Wales.
Supreme Court landmark ruling on childhood criminal records
R (on the application of P, G and W) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another (Appellants)  UKSC 3 The Court has upheld a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act 1998 made by the Court of Appeal and the High Court. In a landmark judgment the Supreme Court […]
HMIP analysis of the experience of children in custody in 2017 -2018
HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), have conducted surveys of children detained in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions.
Court of Appeal judgment on vulnerable child defendants and intermediaries
The Court of Appeal considered an appeal against conviction based on the fact that the appellant had not had an intermediary despite one being required and that an adverse inference had then been drawn from the appellant's failure to give evidence.