Blackstone's Youth Court Handbook 2014-2015

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-12-24
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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The youth justice system is separate, specialized, and unfamiliar leaving advocates in need of a clear and detailed companion resource at court. Blackstone's Youth Court Handbook is a much needed, authoritative, and practical guide for the busy youth court advocate.

This new title provides indispensable and complete coverage of all aspects of the criminal law relating specifically to children and young people. In particular, it focuses on the different procedural and sentencing considerations in this complex area and provides detailed guidance on areas most likely to require an instant response from the advocate in court. It covers issues in the youth court as well as those arising for youths in the adult magistrates' court and crown court.

Blackstone's Youth Court Handbook uses a similar format to Blackstone's Magistrates' Court Handbook with an easy-to-use layout, facilitating quick reading and instant decision-making. Diagrams, flowcharts, and a clear system of icons aid comprehension and speedy navigation. It also includes cross-references to Blackstone's Criminal Practice.

Author Biography

Mark Ashford, Partner, TV Edwards LLP,Naomi Redhouse, District Judge, Sheffield Magistrates' Court

Mark Ashford is a solicitor and Partner of TV Edwards. He is a specialist in youth court work, a duty solicitor, and has Higher Rights of Audience. He is the co- author of Defending Young People and provides specific training on youth justice matters to the profession, local authorities, and other agencies.

Naomi Redhouse is a District Judge (Magistrates' Court) sitting at Sheffield Magistrates' Court. She was previously a solicitor in private practice and then a freelance specialist in the youth court and trial advocacy. She has extensive experience of training lawyers on the youth justice system, and was co-author of the third edition of Defending Young People in the Criminal Justice System (LAG, 2006).

Table of Contents

Part A: Offences
A1. Offences against the person
A2. Sexual offences
A3. Theft, fraud and other property offences
A4. Damage to property NB
A5. Public order offences NB
A6. Communication network offencesNB
A7. Weapons
A8. Offences against the administration of justice
A9. Drugs offences
A10. Road traffic offences
Part B: Youth Justice systemNBNB
B1. Aim of the youth justice system
B2. European Convention on Human Rights
B3. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
B4. Welfare principle
B5. Youth Justice board for England and Wales
B6. Youth offending teams
Part C: Decision to Prosecute and Diversion
C1. Introduction
C2. Cautions
C3. Conditional cautions
C4. Code for Crown Prosecutors
C5. CPS Legal Guidance
C6. Notification of prosecutions
Part D: ProcedureNB
D1. Age
D2. Allocation and sending proceedings
D3. Bail
D4. Commencing proceedings
D5. Constitution of the youth court
D6. Custody time limits
D7. Jurisdiction of the youth court
D8. Presence of the defendant in court
D9. Remand periods
D10. Reporting restrictions in the youth court
D11. Reporting restrictions in other criminal courts
D12. Restricted access to the youth court
D13. Secure accommodation orders (Children Act 1989 s 25)
D14. Separation of youth defendants from adult defendants
Part E: Case Management
E1. Case management
E2. Defendant evidence directions
E3. Disclosure of evidence
E4. Disclosure of unused material
E5. Effective participation
E6. Special measures for young and vulnerable witnesses
E7. Witnesses: issue of summons or warrant
Part F: Sentencing
F1. Age of offender
F2. Anti-social behaviour order on conviction
F3. Bind over
F4. Committal for sentence
F5. Compensation order
F6. Dferment of sentence
F7. Detention and Training order
F8. Discharges (absolute and conditional)
F9. Disqualification from driving
F10. Financial order enforcement
F11. Fines
F12. Guilty plea discounts
F13. Hospital and guardianship orders
F14. Mentally disordered offenders
F15. Newton hearings
F16. Offences taken into consideration
F17. Penalty points for driving offences
F18. Previous convictions
F19. Racially and religiously aggravated crimes
F20. Referral order
F21. Rehabiliation of Offenders Act 1974
F22. Remital to youth court for sentence
F23. Reparation order
F24. Reports
F25. Restraining order
F26. The scaled approach
F27. Sentence: procedure in the youth court
F28. Sentences available in the youth court
F29. Sentecning guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council
F30. Sentencing youth offender: general approach
F31. Sexual offences notification requirements
F32. Sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity
F33. Surcharge
F34. Youth rehabiliation order
Part G: Youths in the adult magistrates' court
G1. Jurisdiction of the adult magistrates court
G2. Allocation and plea before venue
G3. Case management
G4. Remittal to the youth court for trial
G5. Remittal to the youth court for sentence
G6. Sentencing powers of the adult magistrates' court
Part H: Youths in the crown court
H1. Routes to trial on indictment
H2. Case management and effective participation
H3. Remittal for sentence
H4. Sentences available to crown court
H5. Appeal cases
Part I: Attaining 18
I1. Cautions
I2. Before first appearance
I3. After the first court hearing
I4. Remand to youth detention accommodation
I5. Remittal to adult magistrates' court for trial
I6. Sentence
I7. Reporting restrictions in youth court
I8. Breach proceedings
I9. Applying to amend or revoke a sentence
I10. Sexual offence registration requirement
I11. Rehabilitaiton of Offenders Act 1974
Part J: Parents and guardians
J1. Definition of parent/guardian
J2. Requiring attendance at court
J3. Responsibility for financial orders
J4. Parental bind overs
J5. Parenting orders
J6. Referral order: requiring attendance at panel
Appendix 1. Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction Part III.30
Appendix 2. Dangerous offenders: specified offences
Appendix 3. Grave Crimes
Appendix 4. Children Act 1989
Appendix 5. Gang injuctions

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