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Criminal Litigation 2020-2021

Criminal Litigation 2020-2021 (16th edn)

Martin Hannibal and Lisa Mountford
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date: 30 September 2022

p. 47125. Prosecuting Young Offenderslocked

p. 47125. Prosecuting Young Offenderslocked

  • Martin HannibalMartin HannibalBarrister (non-practising)
  •  and Lisa MountfordLisa MountfordSolicitor and lecturer, Keele University


Where a prosecution is commenced against a child aged 10 to 13 years or against a young person aged 14 to 17 years, the general rule is that he will be tried and sentenced in the youth court. The youth court adopts more informal and less adversarial procedures to deal with the needs and vulnerabilities of young defendants. However, there are exceptional situations (grave offences and dangerous offenders) where they will be tried in the Crown Court or when jointly charged with an adult sometimes in the adult magistrates’ court. This chapter discusses the rules for deciding where a young person is to be tried; the rules for trying a young person in the Crown Court; the rules for trying a young person in the adult magistrates’ court; the young defendant’s right to court bail; and the procedure in the youth court.

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