Hughes Cousins-Chang, the teenager whose High Court win last week will improve the way police treat 17-year-olds, will be at City Hall tonight.
Earlier today I posted details of an event I’m hosting tonight at City Hall as part of the Mind the JusticeGap initiative. I have since been told that one of the panellists worked on Hughes’s case, and has asked to bring him along this evening. Hughes’s harrowing experience – being held overnight in a police station for a crime he didn’t commit and being refused the right to inform his parent – will give him a unique perspective on the relationship between young people and the law, and I look forward to welcoming Hughes to share that perspective tonight.
Hughes’s landmark case means that 17-year-olds can no longer be treated in the same way as adults when they are suspected of a committing a crime. It’s a great win for young people, but there are still so many more issues to address. I hope you’ll be able to join me tonight as the expert panel discusses these and other issues.
Next Generation – Rights and Responsibilities
A debate about what the law means to young people in 21st Century Britain
Monday April 29th 2013
6.30pm – 8pm
City Hall, Queens Walk, London SE1 1AA
Free but booking is essential – to register Miranda@hclc.org.uk or 020 8985 5236