SCYJ Sign Joint Letter to Home Office Minister on Youth Courts

Recently, the Law Society proposed amendments which would allow for Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNA) applications against children to be heard the county court in certain circumstances. SCYJ believe all IPNA applications against children should be heard in the youth court. The county court does not have sufficient expertise to hear cases against children fairly.

SCYJ have since signed a joint letter to the Minister in charge of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill – Lord Taylor of Holbeach – urging the government not to change their existing policy on IPNA applications on children. Read the letter here.

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SCYJ and Partners Produce Briefings for House of Lords Grand Committee Stage of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill

The Standing Committee for Youth Justice coordinated a series of amendments and briefings with the Children’s SocietyLibertyJUSTICE and the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA) for the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill.

The amendments, organised by each individual organisation, covered a range of issues including:

  • Imprisonment as a sanction for breach of a CBO and Disperal Order for under-18s (read here)
  • The change to the definition of anti-social behaviour to “likely to cause nuisance or annoyance” and the lowering of the burden of proof to “balance of probabilities” (read the JUSTICE briefing here and the CJA briefing here)
  • The naming and shaming of under-18s (read here)
  • The lack of discretion granted to judges when considering eviction proceedings (read here)

Alternatively, you can view the documents in our publications section.

 

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SCYJ Submits Evidence to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court

A Parliamentary Inquiry has been set up under the chairmanship of Lord Alex Carlile QC, to investigate the operation and effectiveness of the youth justice system, including the experiences of young people. Lord Carlile will be assisted by a cross-party panel of six other parliamentarians. These are: Robert Buckland MP, Lord Bach, Lord Ponsonby, Baroness Greengross, Baroness Lane-Fox, Sarah Teather MP and Angela Watkinson MP. The inquiry is supported by the Michael Sieff Foundation, the National Children’s Bureau and the Dawes Trust.

The SCYJ response to the inquiries initial call for evidence is available here.

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