Howard League Toolkit for sentencing children
Children and sentencing: A guide for adults supporting children facing sentence in the criminal courts in England and Wales Following workshops with 80 children who have been through the criminal courts, the Howard League for Penal Reform have published a toolkit for adults working with or supporting children through the sentencing process. Details The guide […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Sentencing under 18s for drug offences – mitigating background factors
R v. Murray (Joel James)  EWCA Crim 2992,  Cr.App.R. (S.) 49(8) The Court of Appeal agreed that the fact that a 17 year-old (19 years at the time of sentencing) had grown up in a household where significant drug dealing was an accepted part of life, if not a way of life, was a […]
Overarching Principles 2017 – updated sentencing guidelines for children and young people
The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for sentencing children and young people. The guideline comes into force in courts in England and Wales on 1 June 2017.
Court of Appeal quash sentence of detention and replace it with a YRO
R. v G (18/01/2017, unreported) The Court of Appeal considered the purpose of sentencing for children namely, to prevent reoffending and to promote the welfare of the child, when they quashed a sentence of 27 months’ detention following a conviction for wounding with intent and replaced it with a Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO).
What’s in a name? A High Court case on preserving the anonymity of child defendants
In 2009 parties A and B were convicted of offences which caused public outrage. The original case was known as the ‘Eddlington’ case. The case brought before Sir Geoffrey Vos in the High Court was an application for a permanent order restraining the press and all other persons from publishing A and Bs names or identities following their 18th birthdays. There are limited cases of this nature therefore the outcome and the clarification of points relating to human rights and public protection are important.
Court of Appeal rule sentence of child was manifestly excessive due to his age and personal circumstances
R v H  EWCA Crim 2064 The Court of Appeal ruled that a sentencing judge had imposed an excessive sentence on a child, H. This case reinforces the special status of children in the criminal justice process and particularly when they come to be sentenced