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“Children don’t appreciate they are in court, not on a computer game”
How can it be that vulnerable child defendants have ended up participating in important court… Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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