Youth Justice and the Youth Court: An Introduction


A timely guide to the entire youth justice process at a point of substantial change.

An introduction to the entire Youth Justice System (YJS)
An holistic approach covering both the youth court and the wider youth justice process
Contains expert descriptions, comment (sometimes critical) and analysis
Everything you need to start understanding...

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A timely guide to the entire youth justice process at a point of substantial change.

An introduction to the entire Youth Justice System (YJS)
An holistic approach covering both the youth court and the wider youth justice process
Contains expert descriptions, comment (sometimes critical) and analysis
Everything you need to start understanding the modern-day Youth Justice System (YJS)

This book is the ideal starting point for anyone wishing to gain or enhance understanding of youth justice in England and Wales. It contains chapters on each of the areas in which youth offenders or those at risk of offending come into contact with the Youth Justice System (YJS). It looks at the roles of the youth court, police, Crown prosecutors, youth offending teams (YOTs), youth offending panels (YOPs), voluntary sector and wider community. It deals with sentencing (including the work of the Sentencing Guidelines Council (SGC)), the responsibilities of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and a range of ways in which crime prevention and anti-social behaviour (ASB) by young people is dealt with and discouraged.

The book takes full account of the considerable changes introduced by the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. It also looks at the unique welfare-based ethos of youth justice and modern-day 'restorative approaches', showing how youth justice practitioners seek to balance these with the needs of crime prevention and the challenge of protecting victims from (sometimes serious) youth offending.

Also contains a Glossary of Words, Phrases, Acronyms and Abbreviations, a Timeline, plus illustrative Charts and Tables.

For such a 'simple, speedy, summary' it contains a treasure trove of information.


'Well structured and easy to navigate with its diagrams and glossary ... its comprehensive coverage of the recent reforms and inclusion of the newly published sentencing guidelines make it the ideal starting point for the student and practitioner, or for those wanting to refresh their knowledge': Justice Journal


Mike Watkins is an experienced trainer of magistrates who has written materials for the Judicial Studies Board, Magistrates' Association and Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge.

Diane Johnson is Head of Service for Warwickshire Youth Offending Team (YOT).

Chris Stanley is Chair of the East Kent Youth Court Panel and of the Kent Branch of the Magistrates' Association. He is a member of the national Council of that body and its Youth Courts Committee. He is a former head of Policy and Research at Nacro and advises the Prison Reform Trust on matters of youth justice.

Edited and with further material by Bryan Gibson.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904380535
  • Publisher: Waterside Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Series: Introductory Series
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Johnson
Diane Johnson
A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Diane Johnson has drawn comparisons to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton with her comedies of manners about Americans living and loving abroad.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview, Johnson shared some fun facts about herself:

"I worked for the UCLA library for a few months when I was 19 -- otherwise I never had a job until I became a professor, and I know people debate whether that is a job -- perhaps it's a privilege or a scam. So I'm not sure I've ever had a real job. My writing comes from life and from books, as everyone's does, and from my head. I try to nourish my head with art and wandering...."

"I am rather domestic and like to cook and sew, though not to do housework. And I love to ski. To wander around. To read. Am interested in animals and politics."

"I am always appalled when people send me books that they think I will like because of what the books I write are like. I almost always think they are too light and silly, and it rather hurts my feelings to see what people imagine. I don't really like to read novels -- I find it more amusing to write them to read them, but maybe this is only because reading them gets in the way of what I am trying to write. I am reading Max Weber at the moment, and some early Henry James -- The American. I am fond of a lot of people and try to make time to see them. Life seems to sweep by at such speed...."

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    1. Hometown:
      Paris, France, and San Francisco, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 28, 1934
    2. Place of Birth:
      Moline, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA, 1968

Table of Contents

Age and terminology: a note

1 Perceptions of Youth Crime 21

2 Human Rights and International Obligations 39

3 The Youth Justice System 49

4 A Restorative Approach 61

5 Targeting Attention and Resources 67

6 Crime Prevention and Youth Support 75

7 Children Below Ten Years of Age 85

8 Crisis or Watershed? 91

9 Summary of the Changes of 2008 and 2009 95

10 Arrest, Detention and Charge 101

11 Diversion or Prosecution? 107

12 The Prosecution Process 113

13 Which Court? 117

14 The Youth Court and Some Everyday Procedures 127

15 'Sentencing' 139

16 The New Youth Rehabilitation Order 161

17 Young People in Custody 179

18 Youth Justice the Way Ahead 193

Glossary of Youth Justice-related Terms 201

A Timeline of Youth Justice 221

Appendix Overarching Principles - Sentencing Youths 229

Index 257

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