A worrying Court of Appeal Judgment for children facing custody
The Court of Appeal upheld an immediate custodial sentence of two years for an 18-year-old, who was 15 to 16 at the time of offences relating to the supply of Class A drugs within a county lines context.
PACE Codes updated regarding the care and treatment of detainees
PACE Codes C and H have been updated. Many of the changes relate to the care and treatment of detainees and and may have a particularly significant impact on children and young people in police detention.
Court of Appeal judgment on the passage of time between offence and sentence
The Court of Appeal considered the relevance of age and the long delay between the commission of the offences and sentencing.
Court of Appeal judgment on mental health conditions which affect maturity
The Court of Appeal reduced a 13 year old's custodial sentence as not enough weight was attached to the fact that his ADHD and ASD contributed to his functioning at a lower level than an average 13 year old.
New Plea and Trial Preparatory Hearing form includes amendments for child defendants
An updated Plea and Trial Preparatory Hearing (PTPH) form has been issued and some of the most significant changes relate to child defendants.
Court of Appeal judgement on credit for youth and immaturity
This case is an example of the courts considering maturity as well as chronological age and also of significant credit being given for youth despite the appellant being close to his eighteenth birthday.
Law Society recommendations for improving the criminal justice system
The Law Society have published a report which sets out various problems within the criminal justice system and proposes 11 recommendations for change.
Youth Justice Summit 2019
The Youth Justice Legal Centre’s annual Youth Justice Summit took place on 17 May 2019. The Summit’s theme was Children and the Criminal Courts and we were delighted to bring together 250 youth justice practitioners including some of the country’s leading experts on children and the criminal law. YJLC are proud to be building a […]
A report on the future of the Youth Court
The Michael Sieff Foundation and The Nuffield Foundation facilitated a Roundtable event to discuss where Parliament, Government and the Judiciary are planning to go or should be going next on youth justice, particularly in relation to the youth court. The report following the Roundtable has now been published.