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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.
AB v Secretary of State and Youth Justice Board  EWHC 1694 (Admin)
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 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
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