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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,
Zherdev v Ukraine, 34015/07 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
The High Court has held that the segregation of a child for over 22 hours a day at Her Majesty’s Young Offender Institution (HMYOI) Feltham breached Article 8 of the ECHR and the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000. The Court also concluded that the failure to provide education breached the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000.
The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is planning to introduce compulsory registration for ‘youth advocates’ in April 2018 and is consulting on their proposals. Youth advocates are barristers working in proceedings involving young people.
HM Inspectorate of Prisons has published a report on an unannounced inspection visit to police custody suites in the West Midlands. The report identified the reason most children who had been charged and refused bail remained in custody overnight was because appropriate alternative accommodation was not provided by the local authority. Details Section 38(6) Police
R v Markham & Edwards  EWCA Crim 739 In June 2017, the Court of Appeal allowed the appeal against sentence and reduced the dismissed a challenge to a Crown Court decision to allow unrestricted reporting on two 15 year olds who had been found guilty of murder. Details The defendants’ appeal against sentence was
The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) has produced new guidance for practitioners representing children in the youth justice system. The materials are intended to help barristers comply with the Bar Standards Board’s recently published ‘Youth Proceedings Competences’.
The YJLC’s inaugural Youth Justice Summit brought together leading practitioners to share and build expertise in representing children in criminal cases.
R (on the application of M) v Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court (2017), Divisional Court, Unreported
A youth court, who had deemed the claimant to be 18 for the purposes of criminal proceedings, had not made proper enquiries into the claimant’s age as is required by section 99 Children and Young Persons Act 1933. A visual asessment was not sufficient or appropriate.
R (on the application of P and Others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 321 In a landmark Court of Appeal ruling, the Government lost its appeal to a decision of the High Court in January last year, which ruled that the criminal records disclosure scheme was disproportionate and unlawful.
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