SCYJ Comments on Youth Courts Inquiry

Commenting on the Independent Parliamentarians’ Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court, Chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew, SCYJ Chair, Penelope Gibbs, said:

“The very tragic suicide of a teenager just after appearing in an adult court indicates that the experience can be alienating and disturbing for teenagers. As this report sets-out, adult courts, whether presided over by magistrates or Crown Court judges, are particularly unfit to deal with children’s needs.

“However, even the Youth Court is in many ways unsuitable for children – it is staffed by lawyers who sometimes have no specialist training, and by magistrates who sit on youth cases infrequently. It too needs reform.”

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SCYJ publishes briefing on knife crime amendments

SCYJ has published a briefing on amendments to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill which would introduce a mandatory custodial sentence for 16 and 17 year olds convicted of a second offence of knife possession.

Knife crime is a serious issue but we do not believe these amendments are the answer.

You can download the briefing here.

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