Tag: Fitness to plead
Guideline on sentencing offenders with mental health disorders
The Sentencing Council have published guidelines on sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders or neurological impairments.
Amended Criminal Practice Directions – changes relating to intermediaries
The amended Criminal Practice Directions 2015 (in force on 4 April 2016) contains a revised practice direction on the appointment and use of intermediaries during criminal trials. The new practice direction has attracted criticism because it suggests intermediaries for defendants will be 'rare'.
Law Commission Unfitness to Plead report
On 13th January 2016 the Law Commission published a report into unfitness to plead following a consultation. The report makes recommendations for reform of the whole unfitness to plead framework, and makes specific recommendations in relation to children and young people.
Supporting young people with neurodevelopmental impairment
This research by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies highlights the high proportion of children in the criminal justice system with brain injuries and impairments. The report calls for health, education and family based interventions to prevent the unecessary criminalisation of children with neurodevelopmental impairment.
Unfitness and Jurisdiction in the Youth Court
R (on the application of TP) v Derby Youth Court  EWHC 573 (Admin) A youth court wrongly committed a 13-year-old offender who had been found unfit to plead to the Crown Court for trial.