This practical guide introduces students to the basic principles of the law, enabling a comprehensive understanding of criminology and criminal justice. Law for Criminologists enthuses both students and teachers about the law while giving sound advice on how to achieve a thorough comprehension of the topic. The book strikes a much-needed balance between essential law for criminologists and commentary on current legal issues.

Young People and the Law

Young people and the law


Chapter 9 examines:

  • Youth justice legislation in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland
  • The criminal process which treats children and young persons differently to adults in each jurisdiction
  • Young offending teams and restorative justice programmes in all three jurisdictions
  • Custodial punishments for young offenders and extended custody provisions for dangerous offenders
  • Community justice and youth conferencing

This final chapter gives you an overview of youth justice procedures related to all three jurisdictions, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The age of criminal responsibility in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is ten years old, with Scotland imposing an even lower age of criminal responsibility, at eight years old, though the chapter will stress that youth justice in Scotland is mostly diverted ...

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