Young offenders and the criminal justice system [Archived]

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Young offenders and the criminal justice system [Archived]
  • The youth justice system
  • Key definitions
  • Youth Justice Board
  • The Youth Offending Team
  • Youth cautions and youth conditional cautions
  • The prosecution of young offenders
  • The decision to prosecute
  • Bail
  • Mode of trial
  • More...

Young offenders and the criminal justice system [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. For information on trials of children and young people, see: Trial of Children and Young People: Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 [D24.1] and The justice system and persons under the age of 18: Halsbury's Laws of England [220]. For information on the sentencing of young offenders, see: Custodial Sentences: Detention and Custody of Offenders under 18: Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 [E15.1] and Detention of serious offenders aged under 18: Halsbury's Laws of England [8].

Practitioners should note that all offenders convicted on or after 1 December 2020 must be sentenced under the provisions of the Sentencing Code, regardless of the date when the offence was committed. The Sentencing Code is the name given to Parts 2–13 of the Sentencing Act 2020 (SA 2020) which together comprise the consolidated rules of procedure for the sentencing of criminal offences by the criminal courts in England and Wales. This Practice Note contains links to sentencing legislation which have been moved into the Sentencing Code. See Practice Note: Sentencing Code for further information on the Sentencing Code and for assistance in locating relevant provisions within the Code.

The youth justice system

The law that governs the system of criminal justice in respect of children and young persons in England and Wales can be complex.

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