Legal Updates tagged with 'Sentencing'

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 quash sentence of detention and replace it with a YRO

January 23, 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).

What’s in a name? A High Court case on preserving the anonymity of child defendants

January 9, 2017

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.

Child and adolescent brain development and its impact on propensity to criminal behaviour

October 31, 2016

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.

Young age strong mitigating factor in sentencing

October 14, 2016

R v Finnerty (Daniel Mark) [2016] 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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