The outbreak of coronavirus presents an unprecedented challenge for the criminal justice system, with many courts shutting entirely and the use of technology being increasingly utilised for urgent hearings.
Amongst those affected are children who face criminal proceedings during this time. Delayed hearings, the use of live-link technology and the potential extension of custody time limits are deeply worrying for children on remand, those with participation issues and those who are soon turning 18.
In this article written for the Youth Justice Legal Centre, Hannah Williams and Simon Davis (Pupil Barrister) provide guidance in relation to the current position for children in the criminal courts.
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29 April 2020