‘Effective Participation and Fitness to Plead of Child Defendants’


Monday 21 March 2016


23 Essex St, London


In January the Law Commission published its report on Unfitness to Plead.

The report highlighted the fact that child defendants are far more likely to have participation issues due to their natural developmental immaturity and the higher prevalence of mental illness, learning difficulties and difficulties amongst children and teenagers.

The report also identified the potential number of cases where participation issues are not being identified or adequately addressed.  Effective participation and fitness to plead are not just about determining which defendants are (or are not) able to effectively participate in court proceedings.

The report also raised wider issues about how to enable all vulnerable defendants and in particular child defendants, to better participate in court proceedings.

Kate Aubrey-Johnson, Director of the Youth Justice Legal Centre, will explore the current legal framework of effective participation and fitness to plead, discuss the report's findings and explore how practitioners can address these issues in practice. 

1 Hour CPD


To secure your place at this event, you must pre-register by email to Aaron J Dolan: aaron.dolan@southeastcircuit.org.uk

There is no fee for this event.  Open to non-members.