Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part IV – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the final part of this series, Richard Gibbs writes that the criminal justice system is predicated on finding the fairest way of dealing with juveniles.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 10th September 2014

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Children being denied justice by legal cuts, says children’s commissioner – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2014 in budgets, children, HM Courts Service, housing, legal aid, news, young persons by sally

‘Vulnerable teenagers are being deprived of justice because cuts to legal aid are preventing them from getting representation, a report by the children’s commissioner said on Wednesday.”

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The Guardian, 24th September 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part III – No. 5 Chambers

Posted September 10th, 2014 in children, criminal justice, internet, news, prisons, sentencing, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the third of this four–part series, Richard Gibbs writes that the criminal justice system is predicated on finding the fairest way of dealing with juveniles.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 3rd September 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part II – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 27th August 2014

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Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part I – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 21st August 2014

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Youth advocacy review established – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2014 in advocacy, children, legal representation, news, young persons, youth courts by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board and ILEX Professional Standards have issued a call for research organisations to help carry out an independent review of advocacy in the youth court.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2014

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Teenagers who share ‘sexts’ could face prosecution, police warn – The Guardian

‘A police force has warned schoolchildren who share so-called “sexts” with friends over the internet that they could face prosecution in the criminal courts.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2014

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New Deepcut inquest to be held into death of Cheryl James – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2014 in armed forces, human rights, inquests, news, young persons by tracey

‘A new inquest has been ordered into the death of soldier Pte Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks in Surrey.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2014

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Proposed guidance to help prosecutors spot signs of domestic violence against teenagers and pensioners – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has today proposed changes to the way the CPS considers domestic violence cases that would instruct prosecutors to consider the use of social media, gang culture and peer pressure when looking at cases involving teenagers.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 14th May 2014

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Girl, 13, can make her own decision about termination, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 12th, 2014 in abortion, news, young persons by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that a 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decision about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2014

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IPCC investigates complaints over 15-year-old boy strip-searched by police – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2014 in complaints, detention, news, police, stop and search, young persons by sally

‘The police watchdog is investigating complaints about how a 15-year-old boy was strip-searched by officers after being arrested for a suspected drug offence.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2014

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Met Police ‘Taser use on children rises sixfold’ – The Independent

Posted March 7th, 2014 in children, news, police, weapons, young persons by tracey

‘The number of children tasered by the Metropolitan Police has risen almost sixfold over four years, according to campaigners. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) said Taser stun guns were used on 53 young people in 2012, signalling a sharp increase from just nine in 2008.’

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The Independent, 6th March 2014

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Young people to be allowed to remain in foster care until age 21 – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2013 in budgets, education, fostering, local government, news, pilot schemes, young persons by sally

‘Children and young people brought up by foster carers in England will be allowed to remain with families until they are 21 if they choose to under a new legal duty for councils, ministers will announce on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2013

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Court of Appeal awards council 50% of costs in youth cuts case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 27th, 2013 in appeals, budgets, costs, education, local government, news, young persons by tracey

‘A council has been told it can recover half of its legal costs in a case where the Court of Appeal ruled that a 70% cut to youth services was unlawful but refused to grant relief to the claimant.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th November 2013

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Teenager accused of planning repeat Columbine massacre faces retrial – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2013 in explosives, learning difficulties, news, retrials, terrorism, weapons, young persons by sally

“A teenager accused of planning a ‘Columbine-style’ attack on his former school will face a re-trial after an Old Bailey jury were unable to reach verdicts on two terrorism charges.”

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The Independent, 20th November 2013

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HMRC targets unpaid intern employers – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2013 in HM Revenue & Customs, minimum wage, news, trade unions, young persons by michael

“HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is targeting 200 employers who recently advertised internships to ensure they are paying the minimum wage.”

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BBC News, 11th November 2013

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Decision to cut youth services by 70% was unlawful, says Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2013 in appeals, education, equality, local government, news, young persons by tracey

“A council acted unlawfully in 2012 when it cut youth services by more than 70% over a three-year period, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th November 2013

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Inside Feltham: Why London’s Young Offender Institution is one of the scariest prisons in Britain – The Independent

Posted September 2nd, 2013 in death in custody, news, prisons, reports, standards, violence, young persons by sally

“A recent report painted a shocking picture of abuse and violence at the prison. Archie Bland meets ex-inmates, and people who have lost relatives there.”

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The Independent, 31st August 2013

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New rules for police custody of teenagers – BBC News

Posted August 23rd, 2013 in codes of practice, detention, news, parental rights, police, young persons by sally

“Extra protection for 17-year-olds in police custody will be put in place by the end of October, the Home Office has said.”

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BBC News, 22nd August 2013

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10 years’ jail for prolific sex attacker Nigel Turner who returned to comfort victim – The Independent

Posted August 21st, 2013 in guilty pleas, news, sentencing, sexual offences, victims, young persons by sally

“A prolific sex attacker who returned to comfort his victim minutes after brutally assaulting her has been jailed for 10 years.”

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The Independent, 20th August 2013

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