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YJLC Legal Guide to Turning 18

Timely Justice – Turning 18 – Legal Guide

This legal guide is the result of a project called Timely Justice: Turning 18 which has examined the inequities which arise for those who have committed offences as children but have turned 18 before being cautioned or prosecuted. The impact of turning 18 during the criminal justice process can be devastating. Those affected have offended as children but are unable to benefit from the legal protections afforded to children. The cause of the problem is often system delay and the delays arising out of the coronavirus crisis mean this is likely to be a growing problem.

This guide will help practitioners navigate the different rules, regimes and principles that apply to those who are turning 18 in the criminal justice system.

The Youth Justice Legal Centre has also published a briefing on the same issue.

YJLC’s webinar on Turning 18


Mr Justice William Davis

David Emanuel QC

Dr Enys Delmage

Dr Laura Janes

Claire Mawer

Timely Justice: Turning 18 from Youth Justice Legal Centre on Vimeo.