Practice and Procedure

R (on the application of BW) (Claimant) v CAERNARFON YOUTH COURT (Defendant) & Crown Prosecution Service (Interested Party) (2013)

PUBLISHED March 27, 2013

[2013] EWHC 1466 (Admin)

It had not been reasonably open to a district judge to exercise his power of committal to the Crown Court for sentence under the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 s.3C in respect of an 11-year-old boy who had pleaded guilty to child sex offences. Having accepted jurisdiction prior to the guilty pleas, further information put before the court regarding the offender's background and risk of reoffending was not sufficient to change the initial assessment of seriousness and risk.

QBD (Admin) (Pitchford LJ, Wyn Williams J)