Youth crime and justice

19 March 2021

Youth Justice: Is reform on the way for young people who turn 18 while in the criminal justice system?

Children under 18 years old are afforded a number of special protections by virtue of the fact that they are children in the eyes of the law. These protections fall away when an individual turns 18 and they are legally considered an ‘adult’.  For defendants who cross the threshold into adulthood during the criminal process, the impact of reaching this milestone can be profound.

Maeve Keenan

25 February 2021

Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System

Today JUSTICE has published the latest working party report ‘Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System’. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to chair the working party that produced this report. The report makes practical recommendations to reduce BAME disproportionality in the Youth Justice System (YJS) of England and Wales.

Sandra Paul

19 November 2020

Outcome 22: are the police utilising this important diversionary tool or leaving it on the shelf?

David Lammy’s landmark review of racial bias in the Criminal Justice System (‘CJS’), made many key recommendations to help improve trust and fairness in the CJS when it was published in 2017. One of which was to expand the use of the deferred prosecution for adults and young offenders.

Maeve Keenan

6 October 2020

Student misconduct allegations and the right to a fair hearing

The temptation to approach the adjudication of a student complaint as merely an ‘internal process’, is one of the most common errors made by some higher education institutions. The process adopted must be capable of examination by an independent and external eye to ensure that at each stage of the process, the rights of all individuals involved are protected.

Sandra Paul

29 September 2020

How Universities should investigate a complaint under the disciplinary procedure

Once an allegation is made against a student (or member of academic staff), either by another student, a member of staff or someone outside the university, it is important that that the University takes stock of the issue and acts carefully to ensure fairness to all parties. 

Sophie Bolzonello

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