R (on the application of F) v Bromley Youth Court

Magistrates – Jurisdiction. The claimant, who was 14 years old, was charged with robbery on a joint enterprise with three other juveniles. The lay justices decided to decline jurisdiction (the decision) and sent the claimant and her co-accused to the Crown Court. At the plea and case management hearing the claimant pleaded not guilty, but her co-accused pleaded guilty. The judge expressed reservations about the claimant facing trail in the Crown Court alone. The judge adjourned the case and the claimant applied for judicial review of the decision. Allowing the claim, the Administrative Court held that, in the instant case, the justices had failed to properly consider the relevant sentencing guidelines and the claimant's limited role in the alleged offence.

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