Hundreds of children will be convicted as adults because of severe delays in the criminal justice system, a charity has warned.

A new report by the Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC), part of the charity Just for Kids Law, revealed that severe delays in the system are leaving children, families and victims in limbo.

“The impact on children approaching their 18th birthday will be grave”, warned the report Timely Justice: Turning 18 – and the charity has called for “timely justice” for them.

An offender who reaches 18 before they are convicted or plead guilty must be sentenced as an adult, though their age at the time of the offence must be taken into consideration by sentencers.

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