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.

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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