This report details the findings of a research project which was jointly undertaken by the Centre for Justice Innovation (CJI) and the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, which examined current practice in the youth court, and how the court was meeting the needs of vulnerable young people.
This briefing highlights how different jurisdictions around the world are responding to cases of domestic abuse during the Coronavirus crisis, which came out of research conducted for the Centre's Coronavirus and justice tracker. It draws out common themes and potential lessons to be learnt from other countries.
This toolkit is for practitioners who are involved in, or are considering creating, a pre-court diversion scheme for adults in contact with the criminal justice system, and offers evidence-led practical advice, based on lessons learnt from existing schemes.
This briefing paper highlights the experiences of young people in youth courts in their own words, and is a prelude to the publication of Time to get it right: Enhancing problem-solving practice in the Youth Court.
This briefing examines how the nine existing FDACs across England are adapting to service delivery during the current crisis. It highlights the practical challenges facing practitioners, judges and families, and shines a light on specific solutions that have been developed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This briefing explains how Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDAC) offer an alternative way of dealing with legal cases where the Local Authority think that a child might need to be removed from their parents’ due to their alcohol or substance misuse. It considers the problems that FDAC is intended to address, the financial implications and the policy context.
This new briefing aims to support practitioners seeking to develop or improve gender-specific pre-court diversion. It lays out the evidence base around women’s offending and the specific needs of women, explores what we know about effective working with female offenders, and provides examples of diversion schemes tailored for women.
Point-of-arrest youth diversion can reduce crime, keep communities safer, cut costs, and create better outcomes for children. In this briefing, we call on policymakers to take action to strengthen evidence-led point-of-arrest youth diversion.