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Youth Trials Notes

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? juvenile = person under 18 o child = person under 14 (if in care of LA, under 18) o young person = person aged 14 - 17
? adult =
o criminal procedure + mode of trial, person 18 or over o sentencing, sometimes 21 or over (when liable to imprisonment rather than detention in young offender institution (YHO))

? persistent young offender (PYO) = convicted, reprimanded, warned, cautioned, conditionally cautioned 3+ times in last 12 months

? N.B. criminal responsibility starts at age 10 (irrebuttable presumption incapable of crime) YOUTHS AT THE POLICE STATION

? U17 = vulnerable suspect
? U10 - CANNOT be detained (no criminal responsibility) Appropriate adult

? who can act as AA?
(a) parent, anyone with parental responsibility (b) social worker (c) any other responsible adult who is not a police officer
? who CANNOT act as AA?
(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)

suspected of involvement in offence V W involved in investigation received admissions before acting as AA estranged parent (if J specifically objects)

? role of AA (AA must fully understand role) (a) advise J (b) observe whether interview being conducted properly and fairly (c) facilitate communication with J
? rights of the AA (a) instruct solicitor on J's behalf (b) consult with J at any time in private (c) consult custody record Duties of custody officer

(a) inform parent / person with parental responsibility of juvenile's arrest (b) inform AA (may or may not be same person as parent) (c) ensure juvenile NOT placed in a cell unless: i. no other secure accommodation available and not practicable to supervise J if NOT placed in cell; OR

ii. cell more comfortable than any other available secure accommodation (d) ensure juvenile NOT placed in a cell with an adult AIMS OF YOUTH JUSTICE STYSTEM (YJS)

(a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f)

principal aim: prevent offending welfare of child or young person (offender or otherwise) reduction of crime (including by deterrence) reform and rehab of offenders public protection offender reparation to those affected


? each local authority (LA) must establish youth offending team (YOT) comprising a: (a) probation officer (b) person experienced in child social work (nominated by director of children's services appointed by LA)

(c) social worker (d) police officer (e) person nominated by a Clinical Commissioning Group, PCT or local health board, any part of whose area lies within LA's area

(f) person with experience in education nominated by director of children's services
? youth justice plan: personal to LA, sets out how to provide + fund youth justice services
+ functions in area

? function of YOT: o implement youth justice plan, o formulate programme to deal with each juvenile's needs Juvenile PSR

? = written report made by YOT
? court must obtain PSR before passing custodial OR community sentence TRIAL OF JUVENILES IN THE YOUTH COURT (YC) What is the YC?

? vast majority of youths tried in YC
? same as adult mags' - a specialist summary court for youths
? YC has jurisdiction to try some offences which are indictment only for adults

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