Civil Disorder

Justice written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Paul Maynard Paul Maynard Conservative, Blackpool North and Cleveleys

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people aged under-18 years who were imprisoned on remand in connection with the public disorder of August 2011 had legal representation in court.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

The information requested is not available as it is not recorded centrally. All under-18s are entitled lo legal representation in court through the legal aid scheme if they pass the “interests of justice” test. All defendants, including under-18s in the Crown court are automatically deemed to pass the interests of justice test and, in practice, the majority of under-18s appearing before the youth or magistrates court do pass this test. For the purposes of legal representation, under-18s appearing before all criminal courts are automatically deemed to pass the means test.

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