In the Media

Inner city youngsters face trial by teens

PUBLISHED August 23, 2004

Children as young as 14 will train to serve as judge and jury in trials of their peers, under government plans to cut inner city crime.

The initiative, an attempt to encourage young people to respect the judicial system, has the support of senior ministers but has alarmed some legal experts.
The Department of Constitutional Affairs could introduce the radical scheme next year, when it pilots a groundbreaking project in Liverpool that hopes to repeat the success of initiatives in the US.