The Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) has developed a toolkit to support solicitors practising in the Youth Court. The SRA recognise that additional help is needed for those working in the youth court, ‘this is a really important part of the justice system, one that comes with its own unique challenges and demands.’
The SRA toolkit includes expert advice and videos on how best to represent children. Providing guidance to solicitors on what language to use, how they can facilitate better communication and participation between the court and young person, and how they can work with other organisations to help understand and respond to their client’s needs.
SRA chief executive Paul Philip said:
“Our additional help for those working in youth courts reflects that this is a really important part of the justice system, one that comes with its own unique challenges and demands. We want to help solicitors achieve the consistently high standards all children and young people deserve.”
See the SRA Youth Court Advocacy toolkit.
The Youth Justice Legal Centre welcome the introduction of the toolkit and anticipate that it will be a useful resource for practitioners practising in the Youth Court.