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YJCEA (Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999)

An Act to provide for:

  • the referral of offenders under 18 to youth offender panels
  • to make provision in connection with the giving of evidence or information for the purposes of criminal proceedings
  • to amend section 51 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
  • to make pre-consolidation amendments relating to youth justice and for connected purposes

This includes special measures directions in case of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses, defined as:

‘A person suffering from a mental disorder within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983 or who otherwise has a significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning.  A person who has a physical disability or disorder’.

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