The politicization of youth crime in Scotland and the rise of the 'Burberry Court'

Piacentini, Laura and Walters, Reece (2006). The politicization of youth crime in Scotland and the rise of the 'Burberry Court'. Youth Justice, 6(1) pp. 43–60.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225406063451

Abstract

In 2003, the youth justice system in Scotland entered a new phase with the introduction of a pilot youth court. The processing of persistent 16 and 17 year old (and serious 15 year olds) represented a stark deviation from a ‘child centred’ and needs-oriented state apparatus for dealing with young offenders to one based on deeds and individual responsibility. This article, based on an evaluation funded by the Scottish Executive, is the first to provide a critical appraisal of this youth justice reform. It examines the views of the judiciary and young offenders and reveals that the pilot youth court in Scotland represents a punitive excursion that poses serious concerns for due process, human rights and net widening.

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