The role of lawyers in supporting young people in the criminal justice system: balancing economic survival and children’s rights

Arthur, Raymond and A'Court, Bethany (2020) The role of lawyers in supporting young people in the criminal justice system: balancing economic survival and children’s rights. Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law. ISSN 0964-9069 (In Press)

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Abstract

Legal aid reductions have caused a crisis in the criminal justice system impacting the quality of representation and advice provided by lawyers. This paper is particularly concerned with the impact of these cuts on young people in the youth criminal justice system. The paper will examine how changes to the way in which defence lawyers are funded is having a damaging impact upon the experience of young people involved in the criminal justice system. The particular vulnerability of young people, coupled with the complexity of laws and procedures surrounding youth justice make it particularly concerning that the system is financially incentivising the provision of inadequate representation in the youth justice system. These issues will be considered in light of the standards set by the Council of Europe Guidelines on Child-Friendly Justice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal aid cuts, competency of youth advocacy, youth court trials, right to a fair trial
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 12:24
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 15:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43719

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