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January 13, 2018
Why is Scotland raising its age of criminal responsibility, but not England and Wales?

Some independent reviews make a huge difference. In 1964 the “Kilbrandon” report was published. Lord… Read more

August 19, 2017
A child’s right to a fair trial

Few dare to criticise the Court of Appeal. Lawyers (rightly) fear any criticism may be… Read more

July 22, 2017
Most crime is committed by immature young men

How should we deal with young people – they are the most likely to commit… Read more

July 6, 2017
When society fails to protect children, some will turn to serious crime

When a 16 year old is sexually exploited we call them a child, and their… Read more

April 21, 2017
Why the crown court is not the right place to try children

The twittersphere is alive with lawyers indignant that children accused of serious crimes are increasingly… Read more

December 20, 2016
Reform of youth justice – a lost opportunity?

Occasionally there is a golden opportunity for radical change and it is seized. Unfortunately, the… Read more

December 8, 2016
Tacking teenage knife crime – is prison the answer?

“Once two boys tried to rob me. They were bigger than me, but when I… Read more

September 11, 2016
If we want teenagers to stop committing crime why do we make them live alone in bed and breakfast accommodation?

A few months ago an inspection report hit the headlines because it revealed that women… Read more

May 2, 2016
Eternal punishment- the consequences of being caught twice for shop-lifting aged 10

“I have two convictions. Both happened 38-years ago when I was a juvenile. The first… Read more

February 11, 2016
What is the point of a child serving 108 days in prison?

Youth justice is my passion, and the reason I remain optimistic about the criminal justice… Read more

November 21, 2015
Do children in criminal courts get the defence they need?

The Youth Court is a hidden world, where most child crime cases are heard. The… Read more

May 23, 2015
A new injustice: lack of legal advice for those who breach anti-social behaviour injunctions

There was concern when the government proposed that the new anti-social behaviour orders should be… Read more

December 2, 2014
Its all in the implementation

I’m a big picture person and took my eye off the ball after the government… Read more

October 11, 2014
a truly radical English Judge?

Lord Justice Ryder is an unusual judge, having started his working life as an investment… Read more

June 8, 2014
Reduction in child custody- a US success story

Its easy to get gloomy about mass incarceration in USA.  The numbers are so huge… Read more

June 4, 2014
Working to upskill lawyers who defend children…a shining light in the US youth justice system

The National Juvenile Defender Center is a brilliant idea – an NGO which campaigns for and… Read more

June 2, 2014
Treating child defandants as adults – a US phenomenon

I have arrived in the land of the free only to be depressed about children… Read more

March 4, 2014
Diversity matters in the youth and family court too

When I decided to apply to be a magistrate, my passion was family justice.  I… Read more

February 26, 2014
Magistrates: representatives of the people?

Transform Justice’s new report is published today.  Its about the make-up of the magistracy today… Read more