Criminal law: youth justice and sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 4th, 2009 in criminal justice, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“Major changes are being made to the way that courts may sentence young offenders. On 27 April, provisions were brought into force to increase the use of ­referral orders. These are manda­tory if the offence is imprisonable and a first-time offender admits the offence and all connected offences, and the court does not deal with the matter by way of an absolute ­discharge, hospital order or custodial sentence.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd December 2009