SCYJ has made a submission to the Bar Standards Board’s New Information and Registration Requirements for the Bar – Consultation on Rule Change.
We support the BSB proposal to require barristers undertaking work in proceedings involving children to register. However, registration alone will do nothing to improve standards of advocacy in youth justice. To improve standards of advocacy, we strongly believe that the BSB should introduce the mandatory training recommended by various high-profile reviews alongside registration, and include modules on youth justice, vulnerability and communication in standard academic training prior to practice.
You can read our submission here.