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Estonian judicial authorities visit Spain to study juvenile justice institutions in the province of Castellón

Wednesday 8th of November 2017
IJJO Day by Day

The Juvenile Prosecution Service in Castellón de la Plana (Spain) organised a study visit for a delegation of Estonian judiciary authority members from the 23rd to the 27th October, to allow them to familiarise themselves with various juvenile justice institutions in the province of Castellón. This visit included a workshop on effective participation of children in the juvenile justice system, organised by the IJJO. 


The visit aimed to facilitate an exchange of good practices within the juvenile justice system, analysing the different methods employed within the Spanish context and comparing them with the Estonian system, to ultimately evaluate the areas for improvement in both systems. The visit also aimed to contribute to the cooperative relationship between Estonia and Spain, facilitating learning from the experiences of both countries and developing mutual trust between their judicial authorities.

On the first day, Carolina Lluch Palau, Youth and Immigration Prosecutor, presented the itinerary of the visit and explained the general concepts behind the Spanish juvenile justice system. During the afternoon, participants visited a Castellón police station, to familiarise themselves with the process of detention of a young person in conflict with the law.

The following day, the participants visited the Palace of Justice to increase their insight into the Spanish juvenile justice system, experiencing first-hand the work carried out by the Juvenile Prosecution Service’s Technical Team with its Director Rita López García, that of juvenile judges with Judge Raquel Alcácer, as well as that of the services for victimised young people with Olga León, Youth and Immigration Prosecutor.

That afternoon, the delegation attended a workshop held by Raquel Jiménez Martos and Natalia García, Director and Project Manager at the International Juvenile Justice Observatory respectively, regarding the effective participation of young people in the juvenile justice system, according to international standards of the rights of children in conflict with the law. The workshop was based on the child-friendly justice manual produced within the framework of the IJJO-led European project ‘Improving Juvenile Justice Systems in Europe’.

The following morning the Estonian delegation had the opportunity to visit the ‘Pi Gros’ juvenile detention centre, dependent on the Council for Equality and Inclusive Policies of the Autonomous Government of Valencia and managed by Fundación Diagrama, to learn about the intervention processes carried out with the young people housed in the centre.

On the fourth day, the participants attended a trial and then visited a facility for the implementation of judicial measures within an open regime, in order to learn more about the use of supervised parole for young people, and the work carried out to promote their socio-professional reintegration.

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