A worrying Court of Appeal Judgment for children facing custody
The Court of Appeal upheld an immediate custodial sentence of two years for an 18-year-old, who was 15 to 16 at the time of offences relating to the supply of Class A drugs within a county lines context.
Court of Appeal judgment on the passage of time between offence and sentence
The Court of Appeal considered the relevance of age and the long delay between the commission of the offences and sentencing.
Court of Appeal judgment on mental health conditions which affect maturity
The Court of Appeal reduced a 13 year old's custodial sentence as not enough weight was attached to the fact that his ADHD and ASD contributed to his functioning at a lower level than an average 13 year old.
Court of Appeal judgement on credit for youth and immaturity
This case is an example of the courts considering maturity as well as chronological age and also of significant credit being given for youth despite the appellant being close to his eighteenth birthday.
Briefing on children, knife crime and the impact of custody
The College of Policing briefing is a summary of evidence on factors associated with carrying knives, as well as strategies and interventions to tackle knife crime. It aims to inform decisions about approaches to tackling knife crime.
Court of Appeal partially allows appeal of Britain’s youngest female ‘terrorist’
The Court of Appeal considered the application of the Sentencing Council’s Terrorism Offences Definitive Guideline in relation to life sentences imposed on two teenage sisters convicted of offences under s.5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Court of Appeal Ruling on DYOI and DTO running concurrently
The Court of Appeal ruled that a sentence of Detention in a Young Offenders Institution (DYOI) could only run concurrently to a period of detention imposed for breaching the conditions of the supervision element of a Detention and Training Order (DTO) by virtue of committing new imprisonable offences.
Court of Appeal ruling on RLAA counting towards sentence
The Court of Appeal found that credit for time spent on remand to local authority accommodation (RLAA) and time spent on a curfew as part of RLAA can only be given by calculating the sentence accordingly.
HMIP analysis of the experience of children in custody in 2017 -2018
HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), have conducted surveys of children detained in Secure Training Centres and Young Offender Institutions.
Law Commission draft Sentencing Code and Report published
The Law Commission have published a draft Sentencing Code alongside an accompanying report. The Sentencing Code is intended to be a single statute which contains all of the law on sentencing procedure by consolidating the existing legislation.