Court and Sentences

Children who enter the criminal justice system will need to attend, in most cases youth court or crown court where appropriate in order to receive their sentence. Children can only receive the following Orders at court:

  • Referral Order
  • Youth Rehabilitation Order
  • Detention and Training Order
  • Section 91

The national standards and case management guidance holds information that is particularly relevant to creating Pre-Sentence reports (PSRs), time lines and other requirements.
This section holds information and guidance concerning legislation and Court Orders and other reference documents.

The following guidance, Criminal Practice Directions 2015 Amendment No.3 is in relation to how and when video links should be used for hearings with youth people.
Summary: Overview of what is known about the nature and prevalence of youth crime in England and Wales.     The State of Youth Justice Report, provides an overview of what is known about the nature and prevalence of youth crime in England and Wales. It aims to offer a contextual analysis of trends around the treatment of children and…
Fine Art or Science report is a YJB study from 2009 around sentencing decisions involving young people aged 10 to 17. The report sheds light on some of the influences and reasoning that leads sentencers to choose between custody and community alternatives.
Summary: Competences and guidance to support all barristers currently practising in youth proceedings, written by the Bar Standards Board.     The Bar Standards Board has created the Youth Proceedings Competences. The purpose of the competences and guidance is to support all barristers currently practising in youth proceedings, and those contemplating doing so to improve the standards of advocacy.
Summary: The Howard League has developed the resource to support children while being sentenced.   The Howard League has developed the resource Children and Sentencing: a toolkit, in response to calls to their legal advice line, which have shown that children experience anxiety and confusion about sentencing. The toolkit is based on work that the Howard League has done with…
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