New guidance on carrying out psychological assessments during Covid-19
The British Psychological Society (BPS) has published new guidelines for UK psychologists conducting assessments during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Decision not to grant an intermediary to a 14 year old quashed by the High Court
A District Judge’s decision not to grant an intermediary to a 14 year old boy with learning difficulties facing trial in the youth court was quashed by the High Court, who have ordered the appointment of an intermediary for the entirety his trial.
Update on the Coronavirus Health Protection Regulations: Implications for Children
This update outlines the amendments made to the Coronavirus Act and the Regulations and the impact on children and young people.
A report on young people’s experiences of the youth court
The Centre for Justice Innovation have released a briefing paper which highlights the significance of young people’s perception of procedural fairness in the Youth Court.
R v B: Ensuring a young person’s age and immaturity is properly reflected in their final sentence
The Court of Appeal allowed an appeal on the basis that the wrong approach had been taken regarding the appellant’s age and maturity when the offences were committed as a child.
Court of Appeal judgment on the relevance of Coronavirus to sentencing – R v Manning
The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic on provision for prisoners can be a relevant factor when sentencing a defendant.
Victims Commissioner’s review into the link between children’s experience of domestic abuse and criminality
This review examines the overlap between children's experiences of domestic abuse and children's offending behaviour and explores the options for early intervention.
COVID-19: New Bail Information Service to assist courts during the pandemic
HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) and the National Probation Service (NPS) have implemented a new Bail Information Service, which aims to provide and verify the necessary information to assist courts in making decisions about conditional bail.
Report on video link first appearance remand hearings
A report on the evaluation of a tool which enables first appearance remand hearings in the magistrates' court with the defendant appearing by video link has been published. The tool has not been used for cases involving child defendants, however, it is being used to help courts function during the Covid-19 crisis and therefore many of the findings are immediately relevant.
Young offenders may be eligible for temporary release as a result of Covid-19
The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service have introduced the End of Custody Temporary Release Scheme (ECTR) which applies to young offenders. The criteria governing the temporary release of young offenders has been set out in Rule 5A of the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000, 'Coronavirus Restricted Temporary Release'.
More coronavirus regulations and the implications for children in care
The Adoption and Coronavirus (Amendment) Regulations 2020 make sweeping and unprecedented temporary changes to the legislation which affords basic protection to children in care, many of whom have or will come into contact with the youth justice system. The Government has justified the removal of these protections by stating that it is necessary ‘to assist the children’s social care sector during the coronavirus pandemic’.
COVID-19: Police interview protocol amended for children
The protocol to assist police deciding whether suspects should be interviewed during the Covid-19 pandemic as been amended in ways which impact child suspects.