Advocacy shake-up to hit trainees but not youth courts – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is to end the practice of allowing trainee solicitors to obtain higher rights of audience (HRA) but has reversed course on its proposed approach to advocacy in the youth courts.’

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Legal Futures, 28th July 2020

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

English youth courts need urgent help to cut delays, review finds – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2020 in delay, news, time limits, youth courts by sally

‘Urgent action is required to address delays in “overburdened” youth courts, and there should be a time limit for police to charge a young person with a crime, a review of the youth justice service in England has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Youth courts: are we still failing our most vulnerable? – Counsel

Posted May 19th, 2020 in children, courts, criminal justice, news, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘Have the 2013 reforms improved the youth justice experience at all or were they simply good intentions, poorly executed? A walkthrough of the key issues – and ideas for change – by Tori Adams and Kirsty Day.’

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Counsel, May 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

The girl forced to wait two years for justice after a sexual assault – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2019 in children, delay, news, prosecutions, sexual offences, youth courts by sally

‘Lawyers say cuts to police and the CPS mean long delays in youth courts are no longer unusual.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Revealed: hundreds of children pushed into adult courts by delays – The Guardian

Posted November 6th, 2019 in children, criminal records, delay, news, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘Those who turn 18 before first court appearance face tougher treatment regardless of age when they committed offence.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Youth court system in ‘chaos’, says children’s commissioner – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2019 in children, news, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘Vulnerable children in England and Wales waiting months for convictions, appearing without adult support and being wrongly placed in dock, Guardian investigation finds.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Share of convicted children who are BAME doubles in eight years – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2019 in children, minorities, news, statistics, young persons, youth courts by sally

‘The proportion of children convicted of a crime who are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has nearly doubled in eight years, an increase experts have described as an urgent problem.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Children in handcuffs: a month reporting from youth court – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2019 in children, news, young offenders, youth courts by sally

‘The Guardian goes inside one of England’s busiest youth courts, where every day the fate of some of the most vulnerable children in society is decided.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

How do youth courts in England and Wales function? – The Guardian

‘There are differences in how children are prosecuted, who hears cases and punishments.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Too many children in care end up in the criminal justice system – we need to do better – Family Law

Posted October 10th, 2019 in children, criminal justice, news, young offenders, youth courts by tracey

‘Laura Cooper writes about the crucial role that youth justice lawyers have to play in reducing the criminalisation of looked after children at the police station.’

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Family Law, 9th October 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

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