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Time for a new hearing: A comparative study of alternative criminal proceedings for children and young people.

Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour, Liam
June 4, 2015

Source: (2010) London: The Police Foundation.

This report, commissioned jointly by JUSTICE and
The Police Foundation, is a companion document to
the July 2010 report of the Independent Commission
on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour, Time for a
fresh start.1 Based on principle and the available
international evidence, it proposes that a form of
restorative justice known as restorative youth
conferencing should be introduced in England and
Wales to deal with most cases of offending and
antisocial behaviour committed by children and young
people under 18.2 Under the proposed new system,
restorative youth conferences would replace court
appearances in most cases of admitted offending or
antisocial behaviour. Youth courts would be retained to
deal with trials in contested criminal cases and
sentencing in cases where restorative youth
conferencing was unsuccessful or inappropriate.
Children and young people would no longer appear in
the Crown Court: very serious cases would instead be
heard by a modified youth court.(excerpt)


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