Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999

Link to law: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1999/23/contents

Introductory Text

Part I Referrals to youth offender panels

Referral orders

1. Referral of young offenders to youth offender panels.
2. The referral conditions.
3. Making of referral orders: general.
4. Making of referral orders: effect on court’s other sentencing powers.
5. Making of referral orders: attendance of parents etc.

Youth offender panels

6. Establishment of panels.
7. Attendance at panel meetings.

Youth offender contracts

8. First meeting: agreement of contract with offender.
9. First meeting: duration of contract.
10. First meeting: failure to agree contract.
11. Progress meetings.
12. Final meeting.

Further court proceedings
13. Offender referred back to court or convicted while subject to referral order.

Supplementary

14. Functions of youth offending teams.
15. Interpretation of Part I.

Part II Giving of evidence or information for purposes of criminal proceedings

Chapter I Special measures directions in case of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses

Preliminary

16. Witnesses eligible for assistance on grounds of age or incapacity.
17. Witnesses eligible for assistance on grounds of fear or distress about testifying.
18. Special measures available to eligible witnesses.

Special measures directions

19. Special measures direction relating to eligible witness.
20. Further provisions about directions: general.
21. Special provisions relating to child witnesses.
22. Extension of provisions of section 21 to certain witnesses over 17.

Special measures

23. Screening witness from accused.
24. Evidence by live link.
25. Evidence given in private.
26. Removal of wigs and gowns.
27. Video recorded evidence in chief.
28. Video recorded cross-examination or re-examination.
29. Examination of witness through intermediary.
30. Aids to communication.

Supplementary

31. Status of evidence given under Chapter I.
32. Warning to jury.
33. Interpretation etc. of Chapter I.

Chapter II Protection of witnesses from cross-examination by accused in person

General prohibitions

34. Complainants in proceedings for sexual offences.
35. Child complainants and other child witnesses.

Prohibition imposed by court

36. Direction prohibiting accused from cross-examining particular witness.
37. Further provisions about directions under section 36.

Cross-examination on behalf of accused

38. Defence representation for purposes of cross-examination.
39. Warning to jury.
40. Funding of defence representation.

Chapter III Protection of complainants in proceedings for sexual offences

41. Restriction on evidence or questions about complainant’s sexual history.
42. Interpretation and application of section 41.
43. Procedure on applications under section 41.

Chapter IV Reporting restrictions

Reports relating to persons under 18

44. Restrictions on reporting alleged offences involving persons under 18.
45. Power to restrict reporting of criminal proceedings involving persons under 18.

Reports relating to adult witnesses
46. Power to restrict reports about certain adult witnesses in criminal proceedings.

Reports relating to directions under Chapter I or II
47. Restrictions on reporting directions under Chapter I or II.

Other restrictions
48. Amendments relating to other reporting restrictions.

Offences

49. Offences under Chapter IV.
50. Defences.
51. Offences committed by bodies corporate or Scottish partnerships.

Supplementary
52. Decisions as to public interest for purposes of Chapter IV.

Chapter V Competence of witnesses and capacity to be sworn

Competence of witnesses

53. Competence of witnesses to give evidence.
54. Determining competence of witnesses.

Giving of sworn or unsworn evidence

55. Determining whether witness to be sworn.
56. Reception of unsworn evidence.
57. Penalty for giving false unsworn evidence.

Chapter VI Restrictions on use of evidence

Additional restrictions

58. Inferences from silence not permissible where no prior access to legal advice.
59. Restriction on use of answers etc. obtained under compulsion.

Removal of restriction
60. Removal of restriction on use of evidence from computer records.

Chapter VII General

61. Application of Part II to service courts.
62. Meaning of “sexual offence” and other references to offences.
63. General interpretation etc. of Part II.

Part III Final provisions

64. Regulations and orders.
65. General supplementary provisions.
66. Corresponding provisions for Northern Ireland.
67. Minor, consequential and pre-consolidation amendments, repeals and transitional provisions.
68. Short title, commencement and extent.

SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 1

Part I Referral back to appropriate court

Introductory
1.(1) This Part of this Schedule applies where a youth...

Mode of referral back to court
2.The panel shall make the referral by sending a report...

Bringing the offender before the court
3.(1) Where the appropriate court receives such a report, the...

Detention and remand of arrested offender
4.(1) Where the offender is arrested in pursuance of a...

Power of court where it upholds panel’s decision
5.(1) If it is proved to the satisfaction of the...

Appeal
6.Where the court in exercise of the power conferred by...

Court not revoking referral order or orders
7.(1) This paragraph applies— (a) where the appropriate court decides...

Exception where court satisfied as to completion of contract
8.If, in a case where the offender is referred back...

Discharge of extension orders
9.The discharge under paragraph 7(3) or 8 of a referral...

Part II Further convictions during referral

Extension of referral for further offences
10.(1) Paragraphs 11 and 12 apply where, at a time...

Extension where further offences committed pre-referral
11.If— (a) the occasion on which the offender was referred...

Extension where further offence committed after referral
12.(1) If— (a) paragraph 11(a) applies, but

Provisions supplementary to paragraphs 11 and 12
13.(1) An order under paragraph 11 or 12, or two...

Further convictions which lead to revocation of referral
14.(1) This paragraph applies where, at a time when an...

Interpretation
15.(1) For the purposes of this Part of this Schedule...

SCHEDULE 2
Reporting restrictions: miscellaneous amendments

Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c.12)

1.The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 has effect subject...
2.(1) In section 39 (power of court in any proceedings...
3.(1) Section 49 (restrictions on reports of proceedings in which...

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 (c.82)
4.(1) The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 has effect subject...

Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (N.I.15)
5.In the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, omit Articles...

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (c.34)

6.The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 has effect subject to...
7.(1) Section 1 (anonymity of victims of certain sexual offences)...
8.(1) Section 2 (offences to which Act applies) is amended...
9.(1) Section 3 (power to displace reporting restrictions under section...
10.In section 4 (special rules for cases of incest or...
11.(1) Section 5 (offences) is amended as follows.
12.(1) Section 6 (interpretation) is amended as follows.
13.(1) Section 7 (application of Act to courts-martial) is amended...
14.For section 8(6) and (7) (application of Act to Scotland...

Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1994 (N.I.15)
15.In the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1994, omit Articles...

SCHEDULE 3
Restriction on use of answers etc. obtained under compulsion

Insurance Companies Act 1982 (c.50)

1.The Insurance Companies Act 1982 is amended as follows.
2.In section 43A (general investigations into insurance companies), after subsection...
3.In section 44 (obtaining information and documents from companies), after...

Companies Act 1985 (c.6)

4.The Companies Act 1985 is amended as follows.
5.In section 434 (production of documents and evidence to inspectors...
6.In section 447 (production of company documents to Secretary of...

Insolvency Act 1986 (c.45)
7.(1) Section 433 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (admissibility in...

Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 (c.46)
8.(1) Section 20 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986...

Building Societies Act 1986 (c.53)
9.In section 57 of the Building Societies Act 1986 (use...

Financial Services Act 1986 (c.60)

10.The Financial Services Act 1986 is amended as follows.
11.In section 105 (powers of Secretary of State to investigate...
12.In section 177 (investigations into insider dealing), after subsection (6)...

Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 (N.I.6)

13.The Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 is amended as follows....
14.In Article 427 (production of documents and evidence to inspectors...
15.In Article 440 (production of company documents to Department), after...

Banking Act 1987 (c.22)

16.The Banking Act 1987 is amended as follows.
17.In section 39 (power of Financial Services Authority to obtain...
18.In section 41 (investigations into authorised institutions by Financial Services...
19.In section 42 (investigations by Financial Services Authority into suspected...

Criminal Justice Act 1987 (c.38)
20.After subsection (8) of section 2 of the Criminal Justice...

Companies Act 1989 (c.40)
21.In section 83 (powers exercisable for purposes of assisting an...

Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (N.I.18)
22.(1) Article 23 of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989...

Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (N.I.19)
23.(1) Article 375 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989...

Friendly Societies Act 1992 (c.40)
24.In section 67 of the Friendly Societies Act 1992 (supplementary...

Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 (c.39)
25.After subsection (5) of section 28 of the Criminal Law...

Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (N.I.9)
26.In paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 to the Proceeds of...

SCHEDULE 4
Minor and consequential amendments

Criminal Evidence Act 1898 (c.36)
1.(1) Section 1 of the Criminal Evidence Act 1898 (competence...

Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c.12)
2.(1) The Children and Young Persons Act 1933 has effect...

Children and Young Persons Act 1963 (c.37)
3.In section 57(3) of the Children and Young Persons Act...

Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (c.19)
4.(1) The Criminal Appeal Act 1968 has effect subject to...

Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (c.54)
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Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c.53)
6.(1) Section 5 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974...

Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 (c.43)

7.The Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 has effect subject to the...
8.In section 125(4)(c) (warrants which constable may execute when not...
9.In section 126 (execution of warrants in Channel Islands and...

Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c.48)
10.In section 72(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 (accused...

Mental Health Act 1983 (c.20)
11.In section 37(8) of the Mental Health Act 1983 (combining...

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c.33)

12.The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 has effect subject...
13.(1) Section 80 (competence and compellability of accused’s spouse) is...
14.After section 80 insert— Rule where accused’s spouse not compellable....

Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c.33)

15.The Criminal Justice Act 1988 has effect subject to the...
16.In subsection (1) of each of sections 23 and 24...
17.In section 34(3) (unsworn evidence may corroborate other evidence), for...

Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (N.I.18)
18.In Article 3(1) of the Companies (Northern Ireland) Order 1989...

Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (N.I.19)
19.In Article 2(2) of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989...

Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c.53)
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Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c.33)

21.The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 has effect...
22.(1) Section 51 (intimidation etc. of witnesses, jurors and others)...
23.In section 136 (cross-border execution of arrest warrants), after subsection...
24.In Schedule 11 (repeals), the entry relating to section 57(4)...

Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c.37)

25.The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 has effect subject to...
26.In section 8(2) (power to make parenting orders), after “Subject...
27.In section 9, after subsection (1) (duty to make parenting...
28.In section 38(4) (definition of “youth justice services”), after paragraph...
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SCHEDULE 5

Children and Young Persons Act 1969 (c.54)

1.The Children and Young Persons Act 1969 has effect subject...
2.In section 12A (requirements that may be included in supervision...
3.(1) Section 15 (variation and discharge of supervision orders) is...
4.(1) Section 16 (provisions supplementary to section 15) is amended...

Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c.37)

5.The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 has effect subject to...
6.(1) Section 74 (duties and powers of court in relation...
7.In section 75(5) (alteration of release of offender subject to...
8.In section 77 (detention and training orders: breach of supervision...
9.In section 79 (interaction of detention and training order with...
10.(1) Paragraph 3 of Schedule 5 (failure to comply with...
11.(1) Paragraph 4 of that Schedule (presence of offender in...
12.Omit paragraph 5(6) of that Schedule.

SCHEDULE 6
Repeals

SCHEDULE 7
Transitional provisions and savings

Interpretation
1.(1) In this Schedule— “the 1988 Act” means the Criminal...

Referral orders under Part I
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Special measures under Chapter I of Part II
3.(1) A special measures direction may be given in relation...

Protection of witnesses from cross-examination by accused in person
4.Nothing in Chapter II of Part II applies in relation...

Protection of complainants in proceedings for sexual offences
5.(1) Nothing in Chapter III of Part II applies in...

Reporting restrictions
6.(1) Section 44 applies in relation to an alleged offence...

Competence of witnesses and capacity to be sworn
7.Nothing in Chapter V of Part II applies in relation...

Inferences from silence
8.The amendments made by section 58— (a) apply only to...
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