Youth courts inquiry - final report

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 NCB has been providing the secretariat for the Independent Parliamentarians' Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Youth Court, chaired by Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC. Today the inquiry publishes its final report which sets out findings and a range of recommendations to provide a blueprint for the reform of the youth court. These include:

  • Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service to direct all magistrates' courts to introduce a rota system, to ensure that a senior youth magistrate or youth ticketed District Judge is always sitting in the adult magistrates' court when the youth court is not in session.

  • Children who have committed non-serious and non-violent offences, who have stopped offending, should have their criminal record expunged when they turn 18.

  • All legal practitioners representing children at the police station and practising in youth proceedings should be accredited to do so.

  • There should be a clear presumption - in law - that all child defendants are dealt with in the youth court.

  • The piloting of a problem solving approach in court for children, which would include judicial monitoring and continuity in cases, and powers to ensure children's underlying needs are met.

  • Building upon the existing referral order to more closely resemble a restorative justice conference placing greater emphasis on the involvement of victims as well as the participation of families and wider support services.  This should be the default option at court for under 16s.

For further details please contact Heather Ransom (hransom@ncb.org.uk 020 7843 6013)

To download a PDF Version of the report please click the link below:

Independent Parliamentarians Inquiry into the operation and effectiveness of the youth court