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The Magistrates’ Courts (Psychoactive Substances Act 2016) (Transfer of Proceedings) Rules 2016

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Individual reaching age of 18 while proceedings in youth court are ongoing

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2.—(1) Where—

(a)an individual against whom a prohibition order(1) is sought reaches the age of 18 while proceedings before a youth court for the making of the order are ongoing;

(b)an individual against whom a prohibition order has been made reaches the age of 18 while proceedings before a youth court for the variation or discharge of the order are ongoing; or

(c)an individual against whom a prohibition order imposing an access prohibition has been made reaches the age of 18 while proceedings before a youth court under section 24 of the 2016 Act (access prohibitions: reimbursement of costs) are ongoing,

the proceedings must remain in a youth court, subject to paragraphs (2) and (3).

(2) The court in which the proceedings were continuing when the individual reached the age of 18 may, of its own motion or at the request of the individual, the person who applied for the prohibition order or any other person who is a party to the proceedings—

(a)make a direction under paragraph (3); or

(b)direct that the proceedings be transferred to a youth court for the local justice area in which the individual currently resides, in order for that court to consider whether to make a direction under paragraph (3).

(3) The court may direct that the proceedings be transferred to an adult magistrates’ court, having had regard in particular to—

(a)the stage which the proceedings have reached;

(b)the circumstances of the individual and any other persons who are parties to the proceedings; and

(c)the need to ensure fairness between the individual and any other persons who are parties to the proceedings.

(4) The court may not make a direction under paragraph (3) without a hearing, on notice to the individual and any other persons who are parties to the proceedings.

(1)

The meaning of “prohibition order” is given in section 17 of the 2016 Act.

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