COVID-19 – Young People and the Criminal Justice System

Speaker: Leah Connolly
Chambers: Youth Practitioners' Association

Emma Heath
9 Bedford Row
Youth Practitioners’ Association

Primary Legislation:
 Coronavirus Act 2020 (enacted 20th March 2020)
 The Public Health Act 1984
Delegated Legislation – Regulations:
What are the relevant Regulations when considering Youths?
Regulation 8 – Powers
Regulation 9 – what is the punishment?
Regulation 10 – Fixed Penalty Notices
Limitations of the Law
Best Practice & Safeguarding Young People
Diversion of Young People from the Police Station
Disposals from the Police Station
ACPO Gravity Matrix
Informal Disposals
Deferred Prosecutions – “Outcome 22”
Youth Cautions
Youth Conditional Cautions
Best Practice & Safeguarding Young People
Bail & Young People
“… custody can be harmful and difficult for children in ordinary times and children’s experience in custody during the Covid-19 pandemic is particularly difficult.”
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