Criminal law: youth justice and sentencing – Law Society’s Gazette

“Major changes are being made to the way that courts may sentence young offenders. On 27 April, provisions were brought into force to increase the use of ­referral orders. These are manda­tory if the offence is imprisonable and a first-time offender admits the offence and all connected offences, and the court does not deal with the matter by way of an absolute ­discharge, hospital order or custodial sentence.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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