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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 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. Murray (Joel James)  EWCA Crim 2992,  Cr.App.R. (S.) 49(8) The Court of Appeal agreed that the fact that a 17 year-old (19 years at the time of sentencing) had grown up in a household where significant drug dealing was an accepted part of life, if not a way of life, was a
The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for sentencing children and young people. The guideline comes into force in courts in England and Wales on 1 June 2017.
R. v G (18/01/2017, unreported)
The Court of Appeal considered the purpose of sentencing for children namely, to prevent reoffending and to promote the welfare of the child, when they quashed a sentence of 27 months’ detention following a conviction for wounding with intent and replaced it with a Youth Rehabilitation Order (YRO).
In 2009 parties A and B were convicted of offences which caused public outrage. The original case was known as the ‘Eddlington’ case. The case brought before Sir Geoffrey Vos in the High Court was an application for a permanent order restraining the press and all other persons from publishing A and Bs names or identities following their 18th birthdays. There are limited cases of this nature therefore the outcome and the clarification of points relating to human rights and public protection are important.
R v H  EWCA Crim 2064
The Court of Appeal ruled that a sentencing judge had imposed an excessive sentence on a child, H. This case reinforces the special status of children in the criminal justice process and particularly when they come to be sentenced
The treatment of young adults in the criminal justice system: Seventh Report of Session 2016-17: House of Commons Justice Committee
This report about young adults in the criminal justice system is a helpful reminder to the judiciary, lawyers and other youth justice professionals that adolescent brain development and children’s immaturity has a direct impact on criminal behaviour and has implications for how they should be treated in the criminal justice system.
R v Finnerty (Daniel Mark)  EWCA Crim 1513
In this case the Court of Appeal quashed an extended sentence given to a 16-year old. He had previously undiagnosed ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. In the court’s judgment, it considered that the appellant’s young age was of particular importance when it came to sentencing and that generally a child should be dealt with less harshly than an adult offender.
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