The Youth Justice Legal Centre is part of Just for Kids Law.
The Youth Justice Legal Centre has been recognised for its innovative and ground breaking work in improving the justice system for children and young people.
The Home Office has published a concordat on children in custody, preventing the detention of children in police stations following charge. The concordat aims to clarify the legal and statutory duties of the police and local authorities. The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 requires the transfer of children who have been charged and denied bail to more appropriate Local Authority accommodation, with a related duty in the Children Act 1989 for Local Authorities to accept these transfers.
The Justice Select Committee report highlights the urgent need for reform of the system for the disclosure of childhood criminal records. Current practice means that youth criminal records are rarely expunged and as a result those affected are unfairly prevented from accessing education, employment, housing and insurance.
R v NPCC  EWHC 2586 (Admin)
This case is a judicial review relating to the disclosure of criminal records for those who were children at the time an offence took place.
Guest blog by Hannah Couchman, Research and Policy Officer (Youth and Family Courts) at the Magistrates Association on the key changes in the updated version of the Magistrates Association (MA) Youth Court Protocol.
The Youth Justice Legal Centre has submitted its response to the Bar Standards Board Consultation on compulsory registration for youth advocates.
The Lammy Review is an independent report into the treatment of and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the criminal justice system. The Lammy Review highlights the current failings of the youth justice system and makes a number of important recommendations on how best to redress the disproportionate representation of BAME young people in the criminal justice system.
The Judicial College has published an updated and revised Youth Court Bench Book.
R v Grant-Murray and Henry; R v McGill, Hewitt and Hewitt  EWCA 1228
Five defendants, in two joined applications to appeal, challenged their convictions for joint enterprise murder. The appeals also raised issues as to how young or vulnerable defendants are dealt with by the court. Whilst the applications to appeal were all dismissed, the court made important comments on the training of practitioners representing children and vulnerable defendants in the criminal courts.
The European Court of Human Rights found that a child was subjected to “degrading” treatment contrary to Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) by being kept handcuffed and wearing just his underwear for at least two and a half hours and, subsequently, by being placed in a cell with adult detainees for three days.
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