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Good Practice Guidance on Certificates for Assigned Advocates in the Youth Court – Youth Justice: Quality of Advocacy Working Group (November 2023)

Summary

Youth Justice: Quality of Advocacy Working Group have published a short guidance for magistrates or District Judges on how to determine applications for certificate for assigned advocate in youth court.

Description

Youth Justice: Quality of Advocacy Working Group have published good practice guidance on Certificates for Assigned Advocates in the youth court, supported and endorsed by Chief Magistrate, Magistrate Association, Criminal Bar Association, Law Society, Youth Practitioners Association and Justices Clarks Society.

The purpose of the guidance is to increase the number of Certificates for Assigned Advocate granted in the youth court as children are frequently represented by inexperienced lawyers. The guidance will help ensure children are represented by both an advocate (a barrister or other suitably qualified advocate) and a litigator (solicitor). This replicates the representation in the Crown Court. This will enable more experienced barristers to represent children charged with serious offences in the youth court.

Contact

Organisation: Child Rights Youth Justice
Name: Kate Aubrey-Johnson
Email:  info@childrightsyouthjustice.org