The Liver Building

Practice & Procedure in the Youth Court


Speaker: Colin Beaumont

Date: Tuesday 22nd January, 2019

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Areas of Law: Criminal

Competencies: A1 (a) – (e), A4 (a) (b), A5 (a) – (e), B1 (a) – (c), B5 (a) – (h), C1 (d)

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4247


This course will cover the very latest practice and procedural points in the Youth Court. The following items are merely a sample of that which will be covered:

  • Advising the client at the first listing of the case in relation to credit following the publication of the ‘Reduction in sentence for an early Guilty Plea’ document published by the Sentencing Council and effective from the 1st June 2017
  • The 2 circumstances in which the Magistrates’ are asked to consider mandatory minimum sentences in the Youth Court
  • New Guidelines concerning the Sentencing of Children and Young People issued by the Sentencing Council and operative from the 1st June 2017
  • New Guidelines concerning Bladed Articles and Offensive Weapons – effective from the 1st June 2018
  • The practice and procedure now of a Grave Crime in the Youth Court
  • Overarching Principles: Domestic Abuse – Definitive Guideline – relevant for all offenders aged 16 and older who are sentenced on or after 24th May 2018
  • Children and Young People jointly charged with Adults with either-way offences and jointly charged with Adults with indictable-only offences
  • Assessing the age of a child or young person – the importance of the ‘Merton – Compliant’ procedure
  • Dealing with young Probationary Drivers
  • Applications for ‘Certificate for Counsel’ in rape trials
  • ‘Ground Rules Hearings’
  • The importance of the concept of the ‘Persistent Offender’
  • Crossing an age threshold – options available to the Magistrates’ in terms of sentencing and remittal to the Adult Magistrates’ Court
  • Detention and Training Orders and Long Term Detention

Speaker Biographies

Colin Beaumont is a solicitor in private practice, a former partner now a consultant to a major criminal law firm. He is an experienced Duty solicitor for police stations and Magistrates’ Courts, and also lectures widely in the area of criminal law. He first qualified as a barrister in 1982 and then re-qualified as a solicitor in 1996. Whilst a qualified barrister, he was a legal adviser in some 40 Magistrates’ Courts over a period of 12 years, he has been a lawyer in various guises for the past 25 years.


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