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.
Court of Appeal ruling on holding children in solitary confinement
The Court of Appeal held that holding a 15 year old in solitary confinement for 8 weeks was not a breach of his Article 3 ECHR right not to be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Ruling on pre-recorded cross-examination of child witnesses
The Court of Appeal analysed the effect of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 s.28 and pre-recorded cross-examination of child witnesses.
A report on the use of custodial remand for children
Transform Justice have published a report into the use of pre-trial detention for children.
Home Office guidance: notice of rights in voluntary police interviews
The Home Office have published guidance which informs the public of their rights and entitlements in relation to voluntary police interviews.
Court of Appeal ruling on sentencing 18 year olds
The Court of Appeal reduced the sentence of an 18 year old on the basis that not enough weight had been given to the features of the his youth, his immaturity and his lack of appreciation of the seriousness of his offending and the harm it caused.
Protocol on reducing the criminalisation of looked after children
The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Department of Education have published a national protocol on reducing unnecessary criminalisation of looked after children and care leavers.
Law Commission draft Sentencing Code and Report published
The Law Commission have published a draft Sentencing Code alongside an accompanying report. The Sentencing Code is intended to be a single statute which contains all of the law on sentencing procedure by consolidating the existing legislation.
ICO finds Gangs Matrix breached Data Protection Laws
The information commissioner's office conducted an investigation and found that the Metropolitan Police Service’s use of the Gangs Matrix led to multiple and serious breaches of data protection laws.