Tag: Youth Court
Youth Justice Summit 2019
The Youth Justice Legal Centre’s annual Youth Justice Summit took place on 17 May 2019. The Summit’s theme was Children and the Criminal Courts and we were delighted to bring together 250 youth justice practitioners including some of the country’s leading experts on children and the criminal law. YJLC are proud to be building a […]
A report on the future of the Youth Court
The Michael Sieff Foundation and The Nuffield Foundation facilitated a Roundtable event to discuss where Parliament, Government and the Judiciary are planning to go or should be going next on youth justice, particularly in relation to the youth court. The report following the Roundtable has now been published.
Report on young witnesses in the criminal courts
Researchers revisited an NSPCC report called 'Measuring up? Evaluating Implementation of Government commitments to young witnesses in criminal proceedings' (2009) to asses what progress has been made in the decade since its publication.
Report on how the UK’s cannabis policies are affecting young people
Volteface, a think tank which looks at alternatives to current drug policies in the UK, have published a report on how effectively the UK’s cannabis policies are safeguarding young people from harm including from a criminal justice perspective.
Justice Select Committee report on disclosure in criminal cases
The Justice Select Committee has released a report on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. Disclosure of unused material in criminal cases is essential to a defendant receiving a fair trial. The urgency to revisit disclosure processes became apparent after a notorious failure in a number of cases between December 2017 and spring 2018. The report examines the failures in disclosure, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police, and provides a set of recommendations to ensure a more effective disclosure process.
Judicial protocol: expedition involving witnesses aged under 10
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have signed up to follow a protocol to expedite cases involving witnesses aged under 10.
Report suggests child defendants’ right to a fair trial compromised by video link hearings
“They just don’t understand what’s happened or why”: A report on child defendants and video links The Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) have published a report and ‘open letter’ raising concerns about the increased use of video links for court hearings involving child defendants. Details The government and senior judiciary’s plans to modernise the […]
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.
Equal Treatment Bench Book 2018: new edition launched
Equal Treatment Bench Book, Judicial College, February 2018 The Equal Treatment Bench Book has been updated and expanded by the Judicial College who state that ‘true equal treatment may not always mean treating everyone in the same way’. Chapter 2 relates to children, young people and vulnerable adults. Details Practitioners representing children in the criminal […]