Code of practice for youth conditional cautions for 16 & 17 year olds

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The Stationery Office, Feb 16, 2010 - Law - 27 pages
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Conditional cautioning is a statutory form of out-of-court disposal which allows prosecutors to offer a caution with condition(s) attached for certain offences. This has the effect of suspending any criminal proceedings while the offender is given an opportunity to comply with the agreed conditions. Originally the cautions were introduced for adults, but the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, section 48, extended the use of conditional cautions to young people aged 10 to 17. This code only applies to 16- and 17 year-olds as part of a phased approach. The conditional caution approach provides an opportunity to achieve an early positive response to low-level offending behaviour for those persons willing to admit their offending and to comply with conditions. Should there be no reasonable excuse for non-compliance, however, the conditional caution can be cancelled and criminal proceedings commenced for the original offence.

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