Litigation Recent Decisions 22/08/95

Liability for damage by juvenile offenders

Bedfordshire County Council v Director of Public Prosecutions (1995).

DC (Stuart-Smith LJ and Butterfield J) 31/7/95.

Summary: A local authority must be found to be at fault before compensation can be awarded against it for damage done by young persons in its care. Council's appeal against dismissal of its appeal by the Crown Court against an award of compensation by the Luton Juvenile Court for offences committed by two young persons in care.