Training for Barristers

YJLC's training is an essential course for all barristers who will be appearing in the youth court orrepresenting children in the Crown Court. The course is developed and delivered by leading youth justice lawyers and provides participants with an overview of the core principles which underpin the youth justice system as well as up to date caselaw and practical guidance on how to represent children.

The course involves the participation of young people with experience of the criminal justice system and includes exercises and role-plays to develop participants’ practical skills for engagement and communication with children and young people.

Rule S59 of the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Handbook sets out that barristers working in the youth court and those who intend to do so in the next 12 months must register with the BSB and declare that they have the specialist skills, knowledge and attributes necessary to work effectively with vulnerable children and young people, which are set out by the BSB in the Youth Proceedings competences and guidance. YJLC’s training helps barristers gain the relevant competencies enabling them to make the requisite declaration.

The YJLC training should be compulsory. It is brilliant and I’d recommend that every pupil/ junior barrister does this training. It can be daunting stepping foot in the youth courts, to represent a vulnerable young person and this training gives you the confidence to represent these people in the best way.

Alexandra Wilson, barrister and founder of Black Women In Law

This training session covers:

  • How to communicate and engage effectively with children
  • Key youth justice principles and an overview of the youth justice system
  • Youth-specific criminal law including out of court disposals, bail and remand, jurisdiction issues, adaptations to the trial process
  • The importance of the background and needs of the child
  • Specific protections for looked after children and victims of trafficking
  • How to identify and address effective participation and fitness to plead issues
  • The role of Youth Offending Teams
  • The sentencing framework relating to children
  • Legal duties owed to children by the courts and the state