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Young Offenders: Law, Practice and Procedure

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Richard WardProfessor of Public Law and Head, Department of Law, De Montfort University, Leicester

ISBN13: 9780853086024
ISBN: 0853086028
Published: April 2001
Publisher: LexisNexis Butterworths
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Recent legislation has made major changes to the treatment of young offenders and the operation of the youth justice system. This text offers a clear statement of the law, practice and procedures regulating the Youth Court and young offenders.;The significant reforms introduced by the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 are taken into account, and the changes in the law brought about by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 are examined. These include two new orders for the sentencing of young offenders - reparation orders and action plan orders - as well as changes to the procedure for existing orders. The book also tackles local child curfew schemes, child safety orders and the requirement of local authorities to establish young offending teams overseen by a new body, The Youth Justice Board. The implications of recent European Court of Human Rights decisions in the Bulger case are also fully explored.

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Criminal Law
Part 1 General considerations:
the context and policy background
the aim of the youth justice system
Human Rights Act 1998.

Part 2 Investigation and pre-trial powers: the capacity of a child or young person to commit crime - "doli incapax"
police powers
discretion to prosecute
detention time-limits.

Part 3 Trial of offences.

Part 4 Youth offender contracts: introduction
referral to the youth offender panel.

Part 5 Sentences - community orders:
supervision orders
attendance centre orders
action plan orders
duty of magistrates' court to remit cases to the youth court.

Part 6 Sentences - custodial sentences:
detention and training orders
the position in respect of the conviction of an offender already subject to an order.

Part 7 Miscellaneous powers and provisions.