Clause 53

Part of Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 1:30 pm ar 22 Tachwedd 2007.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 1:30, 22 Tachwedd 2007

I accept in part what the hon. Gentleman says. It is important that victims should be central to the question of involvement in the criminal justice system. I accept that an element in the youth conditional cautions means that victims may not visibly be part of that through the Court Service. However, we should make no mistake about the fact that the youth conditional caution will, I hope, still be an effective way of preventing further crime. The purpose—I know that, deep down, the hon. Gentleman shares my view—is to ensure that those who have previously committed offences and who may have been  reprimanded or given a warning and who may shortly reach the stage of being taken to court should be given some sort of warning or caution as a pre-court disposal. The intention is to intervene without taking the young people to court, which otherwise could be a potential beginning to an escalation of their court careers and their involvement in the criminal justice system.