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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 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 Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published new guidance for barristers working in youth proceedings based on a set of essential competences that are expected of all advocates working with children as part of a phased introduction to increased regulation in this area.
The Law Society has announced the development of a Youth Court Advocacy training course in partnership with the Youth Justice Legal Centre.
The Solicitor’s Regulatory Authority (SRA) has developed a toolkit to support solicitors practising in the Youth Court. The SRA recognise that additional help is needed for those working in the youth court, ‘this is a really important part of the justice system, one that comes with its own unique challenges and demands.’
The Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC) has published a lawyer’s guide to the use of intermediaries for child defendants.
Problem-solving courts: An evidence review, Centre for Justice Innovation, August 2016
Report by the Centre for Justice Innovation reviewing the evidence collected by a working group on problem-solving courts. The report highlights how problem-solving courts could better address youth offending in some circumstances.
Article published in Legal Voice by YJLC’s Youth Justice Lawyer, Laura Cooper, on the use of the youth court by the legal profession as a ‘rehearsal court’.
The Prison Reform Trust and Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) have published their study into Joint Enterprise. The report says there is an ‘urgent need’ for much greater clarity and transparency in the prosecution of ‘joint enterprise’ cases.
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