Immaturity means young adults need more support in court, report says – The Guardian

‘Young adults should be given special treatment in court because they are immature and need help understanding proceedings, according to a report by an influential legal reform group. The call for a fresh approach for 18- to 24-year-olds comes from the Centre for Justice Innovation as the sharp rise in knife crime highlights the criminal justice system’s problems in dealing with that age group.’

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the Guardian, 10th April 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Bar Council say BSB registration plan risks deterring barristers from youth court work – Legal Futures

Posted October 16th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, news, remuneration, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Council has strongly attacked a plan by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for the compulsory registration of youth court advocates, the first scheme of its type.’

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Legal Futures, 16th October 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

S v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

S v Director of Public Prosecutions [2017] EWHC 1162 (Admin)

‘The defendant was charged with an offence of tampering with a motor vehicle contrary to section 25 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and tried before justices in the Youth Court. The justices dismissed a submission by the defendant that there was no case to answer and, having heard evidence from the defendant and considered the burden and standard of proof, the justices convicted him. A contemporaneuos note of the justices’ reasons read, inter alia: “We listened to the [defendant’s] evidence which did not persuade us that there was no intention to tamper with the [motor vehicle]. We are therefore sure you are guilty.”’

WLR Daily, 18th May 2017

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

BSB: “self-certification” the way forward for youth court barristers – Legal Futures

Posted March 7th, 2017 in barristers, news, youth courts by tracey

‘Barristers in the youth courts will have to make a declaration that they have reached the standards set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to continue providing the service, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 7th March 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB announces new regulatory approach to improve advocacy standards within Youth Courts – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 27th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, legal representation, press releases, standards, youth courts by tracey

‘At its Board meeting last night, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) agreed new measures to improve standards of advocacy within Youth Courts. The regulator today published new guidance for barristers working in youth proceedings based on a set of essential competences that are expected of all advocates working with young people.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th February 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Review urges higher fees and mandatory training to combat “poor-quality” advice in Youth Courts – Legal Futures

Posted December 14th, 2016 in fees, legal aid, legal education, legal representation, news, youth courts by sally

‘The status and quality of legal representation for children before the Youth Court need to be raised first by an increase in legal aid rates and then by mandatory training for all solicitors and barristers appearing for them, a government-commissioned review has recommended.’

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Legal Futures, 14th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

BSB welcomes Ministry of Justice review into youth justice – Bar Standards Board

Posted December 13th, 2016 in legal representation, news, reports, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) welcomes the Ministry of Justice’s review into youth justice, led by Charlie Taylor.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th December 2016

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

For too long the youth court has been seen as a ‘rehearsal court’ for lawyers at the start of their careers – Legal Voice

Posted August 9th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘Every day, the Youth Justice Legal Centre, set up by the youth justice charity Just for Kids Law, sees the criminal justice system failing young people. Now a growing body of opinion agrees it is time for reform, says Laura Cooper.’

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Legal Voice, 8th August 2016

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Review of the youth justice system – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 12th, 2016 in criminal justice, news, reports, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘An interim report of emerging findings from the review of the youth justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th February 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Poor quality advocacy is endangering youth justice – Legal Voice

Posted November 24th, 2015 in advocacy, legal representation, news, reports, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘Access to justice for young and vulnerable offenders is being endangered by variable advocacy standards amongst lawyers acting in youth court proceedings, a new report claims.’

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Legal Voice, 20th November 2015

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Major new report highlights mixed advocacy standards in youth court proceedings – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 19th, 2015 in advocacy, courts, reports, young offenders, youth courts by tracey

‘The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review report, published today as a result of extensive research, highlights 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.’

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Bar Standards Board, 19th November 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

UK schoolgirl given non-custodial sentence after admitting terror offences – The Guardian

Posted October 16th, 2015 in internet, news, sentencing, terrorism, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘A Manchester schoolgirl who downloaded bomb-making guides and became obsessed with suicide bombing has been given a non-custodial sentence after pleading with the court to let her “prove that I am not a terrorist”.’

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The Guardian, 15th October 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

What makes a good Youth Court advocate? Have your say – Bar Standards Board

Posted November 26th, 2014 in advocacy, barristers, news, regulations, youth courts by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) and Ilex Professional Standards (IPS) have today called on barristers’ and chartered legal executives’ experiences and expertise to help the regulators establish the skills and knowledge required to work effectively and competently in the Youth Justice System.’

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Bar Standards Board, 24th November 2014

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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

Source: www.no5.com

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

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Unfit To Plead in the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts? – Criminal Law and Justice Weekly

Posted June 11th, 2014 in fitness to plead, magistrates, news, youth courts by sally

‘Miranda Bevan on the Law Commission’s review of the law on unfitness to plead in England and Wales.’

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Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 6th June 2014

Source: www.criminallawandjustice.co.uk

UK riots: juveniles could be named and shamed, says Theresa May – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 15th, 2011 in anonymity, news, violent disorder, young offenders, youth courts by sally

“Juveniles involved in last week’s riots and looting face being named and shamed after the Home Secretary said the courts should not protect their identity.”

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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Youth Justice: The Scaled Approach launched – Youth Justice Board

Posted September 2nd, 2008 in criminal justice, news, young offenders, youth courts by sally

“The YJB today publishes Youth Justice: The Scaled Approach to support youth offending teams (YOTs) in their preparation for the biggest improvements to youth justice in almost a decade.”

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Youth Justice Board, 2nd September 2008

Source: www.yjb.gov.uk

Related link: Youth Justice: the Scaled Approach

Views sought on magistrates’ courts and youth court trial rules – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 2nd, 2008 in consultations, criminal procedure, magistrates, youth courts by sally

“The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is seeking views on a proposal to consolidate and revise the rules about trials in magistrates’ courts.”

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Ministry of Justice, 1st July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Planned changes to youth justice system aimed at keeping more children out of jail – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2008 in criminal justice, news, young offenders, youth courts by sally

“A shakeup of the youth justice system is being planned by ministers that would see a failing punitive policy replaced by a more welfare-oriented, early-intervention approach to dealing with children in trouble. As part of a youth crime action plan to be published this summer, the Home Office has recommended that responsibility and funding for tackling youth crime – including local youth offending teams – should be moved to new, local authority-run ‘children’s trusts’.”

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The Guardian, 17th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk