Barristers in the Youth Court must declare they are competent to represent vulnerable children
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has introduced new rules that require barristers practising in the Youth Court must declare their competence to do so.
Compulsory registration for youth advocates? YJLC responds
The Youth Justice Legal Centre has submitted its response to the Bar Standards Board Consultation on compulsory registration for youth advocates.
Inns College produce guidance and film for barristers representing children in criminal courts
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has produced new guidance for practitioners representing children in the youth justice system. The materials are intended to help barristers comply with the Bar Standards Board's recently published ‘Youth Proceedings Competences’.
BSB publishes Youth Proceedings competences
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published new guidance for barristers working in youth proceedings based on a set of essential competences that are expected of all advocates working with children as part of a phased introduction to increased regulation in this area.
BSB to establish youth justice advocacy as an area of specialism
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has announced proposals to ensure advocates appearing in the Youth Court or proceedings involving youths are specialists, able to demonstrate specialist knowledge of youth justice law as well as the ability to engage and communicate with children.
Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review
A report published by the Bar Standards Board and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) highlighting the damaging effects that poor advocacy has on access to justice for young and often very vulnerable offenders, and their perceptions of the system in general.