MA responds to record delays in youth criminal cases MA in the media 10 February 2020 Data from the Ministry of Justice and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has shown that youth criminal cases are experiencing record delays. In 2018/19, the average youth criminal case took 154 days from the offence being committed to the final decision at court, a 52% rise from 101 days in 2010/11. In an article in The Daily Telegraph, National Chairman of the MA John Bache JP called for financial investment in all areas of the justice system so that justice can be administered swiftly and fairly. "Delays in any part of the justice system are a cause for concern, but particularly in youth justice where they have an especially damaging impact on vulnerable children, young people and victims," he added. "It is especially concerning if delays lead to young people who commit crimes being tried in an adult court, if they turn 18 by the time their case comes to court." Previous Article MA Chair John Bache on court closures Next Article MA responds to launch of consultation on decriminalising TV licence evasion Print Please login or register to post comments.