The project is to develop an operating and financial model for growth, identify the funding requirement and scope out a plan to raise the grant funding or investment needed.
In May 2014, Just for Kids Law established the Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC). The aim was to create a centre of excellence, providing comprehensive information for those working with children in the criminal justice system, intervening directly in key cases, pushing for improvements in youth justice and providing expert legal advice and training for professionals working with children in the criminal justice system.
A website has been established providing information about youth justice law for lawyers, professionals and young people, their families and carers (www.yjlc.uk). Training courses have also been developed and delivered. Feedback is excellent. The formal launch of the Centre was held in November 2015 at the House of Lords.
In November 2015, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) published its Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review report which highlighted the damaging effects that poor advocacy has on access to justice for young and often very vulnerable offenders. Key findings about the varied quality of provision, the lack of specialist knowledge and skills amongst some advocates, and a lack of specialist training for advocates undertaking work in youth court proceedings all directly support the aims of the YJLC which is well-positioned to drive the response. At the same time, YJLC has been in positive discussions with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and with the head of training at The Law Society(TLS) which revealed strong agreement with these findings and a willingness to address this. There appears to be growing interest at MoJ, BSB and TLS in introducing some sort of requirement on legal professionals to undergo specific training in youth justice provision, which could be accompanied by the introduction of an accreditation scheme. This would make YJLC very well placed to harness the opportunities of this new market.
Increase Public Understanding
Advance High Quality Thinking
Increase Access to Employment
People Working in the Law
Implications of Brexit
Legal Needs in Healthcare Settings
Influence the Online Court
Develop Robust Evidence Base
Understand Role of Technology
Law Reform, Policy and Regulation
Communications to Disseminate Learning
The Transparency Project
Family Court Reporting Watch / Guidance Note Series
June 22, 2016
This project has two strands. Family Court Reporting Watch to monitor official publication/ dissemination, professional reporting and media coverage of family courts and Guidance Notes for parents and professionals working with them.
Family Court Reporting Watch.
The purpose of this is to monitor official publication/ dissemination, professional reporting and media coverage of family courts and to,
Liaise with publishers/ judiciary in cases to alert them to erroneous publication/ anonymisation errors, to highlight mis-reporting or potential breach of privacy/ reporting restrictions
Comment on media coverage to correct inaccurate/ misleading reporting.
Explain/ interpret difficult or controversial cases for ordinary lay readers including litigants/ families directly impacted by family law.
Make official judgments and reliable commentary / explanations of cases available in one location by collecting and linking to them, facilitating the public to self-educate
Guidance Notes Series
A further development of the existing suite of guidance notes for parents and professionals working with them, providing accessible and neutral explanations of the law on issues which recur in public debate and where the relevant legal framework is poorly misunderstood. Guidance to date covers section 20 Children Act 1989 and the recording of social work meetings by parents (with two more in drafting now).
Planned notes include: Moving abroad to avoid child protection investigation/ care proceedings, and Consequences of ignoring an order about a child (working titles).