Legal Updates

YJLC Award Winning News

November 22, 2017

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.

Home Office publishes Concordat on Children in Custody

October 30, 2017

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.

Lammy Review 2017 published

September 8, 2017

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.

Court of Appeal judgment on joint enterprise and trials of vulnerable defendants

August 15, 2017

R v Grant-Murray and Henry; R v McGill, Hewitt and Hewitt [2017] 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.

Strasbourg court rules that 16 year old had been subjected to “degrading” treatment at police station in breach of Article 3

July 27, 2017

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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