‘[Youth Justice Law and Practice] will be an invaluable resource to assist lawyers, judges and all professionals working in the youth justice system access the legally accurate information they require to ensure children’s rights are protected … the authors are to be congratulated on rendering such a vast amount of material so accessible to a wide readership … I welcome this book which has, at its core, such a powerful message about ensuring access to justice for children.’ Professor David Ormerod QC (Hon), Law Commissioner for England and Wales
‘An essential part of the daily toolkit …There is no part of this book that isn’t worthy of praise … That LAG can continue to publish books of this quality and at this price is something that they can be immensely proud of.’ Andrew Keogh, CrimeLine
Youth Justice Law and Practice is a highly accessible and easy to navigate guide to enable the busy practitioner to quickly find the information they need. Covering the procedure of the youth court, magistrates’ court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal, it focuses on procedural differences including bail and remand, jury directions, sentencing, anonymity and reporting restrictions.
The authors bring their unique experience as specialist youth justice lawyers to explain how to communicate and engage effectively with children, the correct approach for dealing with children with learning difficulties, the importance of background and how to ensure children effectively participate in criminal proceedings and receive a fair trial.
•duties owed to children at the police station
•charging decisions and out of court disposals
•bail and remand
•the sentencing framework relating to children
•procedures and modifications to trial relating to children anonymity and reporting restrictions
•welfare considerations and duties
•background and adolescent brain development
Youth Justice Law and Practice is essential reading for lawyers and professionals working in the youth justice system, appearing in the youth court and representing children in the adult criminal courts.