Age assessment The recent case of R (M) v Hammersmith Youth Court (2017) 5 May (Admin) dealt with some of the complexities that arise when children arrive in the UK without documents to prove their age. The difficulty of deciding age by appearance alone has been recognised in numerous civil court cases, especially in the field of immigration and community care law, most notably in the case of R (B) v Merton LBC [2003] EWHC 1689 (Admin). There are also criminal cases that deal with the issue (eg, R v O [2008] EWCA Crim 2835 and R v L and ...