18 is still not a cliff edge – another Court of Appeal case
R v Hobbs and DM  EWCA Crim 1003 The Court of Appeal have ruled that when sentencing an 18 year old for an offence of manslaughter, committed when she was 17, the sentencing court should have had regard to the sentencing guidelines for children and young people as well as to the level of her […]
Response to the Youth Sentencing Code Consultation
The Sentencing Code (disposals relating to children and young persons): consultation response by the Howard League for Penal Reform and Just for Kids Law/Youth Justice Legal Centre. The Howard League for Penal Reform and Just for Kids Law / Youth Justice Legal Centre have drafted a joint response to the consultation on the Law Commission’s […]
The Law Commission’s Sentencing Code Consultation relating to children
Law Commission’s sentencing code consultation The Law Commission are consulting on elements of the new Sentencing Code relating to children. Details The Law Commission have been working to produce a Sentencing Code for the last 3 years. It is envisaged that the Code will bring together the different areas of sentencing procedure, in order to […]
New Sentencing Council Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons Definitive Guideline for children and young people
The Sentencing Council has published a new definitive guideline on Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons, it comes in to force on 1 June 2018. The document includes a separate guideline for sentencing children and young people.
Youth Justice Statistics 2016-17 show rise in over-representation of BAME children
The Youth Justice Board and the Ministry of Justice have published statistics for children and young people in the criminal justice system in England and Wales for the year ending March 2017.
Significantly lower rates of reoffending for children diverted at the police station
Proven Reoffending Statistics Quarterly Bulletin, MoJ & National Statistics, January 2016 to March 2016 The latest proven reoffending statistics published by the Ministry of Justice show that reoffending rates for children who are dealt with by way of youth caution at the police station are substantially lower ncluding Triage and Community Resolution. Details Some […]
18 is not a cliff edge for sentencing
R v Clarke, Andrews and Thompson  EWCA Crim 185 This case, with judgment given by the Lord Chief Justice, stresses the continuing importance of maturity when sentencing young adults aged 18 or older. Details The three defendants were convicted of serious offences. They kidnapped a boy from his home, kept him tied up in […]
Magistrates Association Youth Court Protocol – what’s new?
Guest blog by Hannah Couchman, Research and Policy Officer (Youth and Family Courts) at the Magistrates Association on the key changes in the updated version of the Magistrates Association (MA) Youth Court Protocol.
MOJ guidance on conditions to be placed on children following release from custody
The Ministry of Justice issued non-statutory guidance on the conditions that can be applied when a child is released from a custodial sentence.. The guidance is designed to prevent punitive restrictions following release from custody.
Lammy Review 2017 published
The Lammy Review is an independent report into the treatment of and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the criminal justice system. The Lammy Review highlights the current failings of the youth justice system and makes a number of important recommendations on how best to redress the disproportionate representation of BAME young people in the criminal justice system.