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THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE GUIDELINES ON CHILD-FRIENDLY JUSTICE

Observatorio Internacional de Justicia Juvenil (OIJJ)Observatorio Europeo de Justicia Juvenil (OEJJ) THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE GUIDELINES ON CHILD-FRIENDLY JUSTICE

 

The 28th Conference of the European Ministers of Justice, which took place in Lanzarote in October 2007, paved a constructive way forward with the adoption by the Ministers of Justice of Resolution No. 2 on child-friendly justice. Further to this Resolution , the Committee of Ministers entrusted the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) as well as the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), in co-operation with other competent bodies of the Council of Europe, with the task of preparing European guidelines on child-friendly justice. Since April 2009, a group of experts in the field of juvenile justice and children’s rights has been working on the preparation of these European guidelines.

The IJJO and its European branch, the EJJO, are among the several organizations that make up this Group of Specialists on child-friendly justice.

The objective of the Group of Specialists is to produce comprehensive guidelines on child-friendly justice, which will assist member states in ensuring that children have favourable access to justice.

The guidelines should contribute to improving the treatment of the child in all circumstances where he or she is, for whatever reason, likely to be brought into contact with civil, administrative or criminal justice. To this end, the guidelines should build on the existing national, European and international standards and make substantial references to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.

As a concrete tool, the guidelines should offer good practices and propose practical solutions to remedy possible lacunae.

They should also cover the situation and voice of the child at all stages of judicial and extrajudicial procedures and promote the rights of information, representation and participation of children. With the aim of giving a voice to children, the Group of Specialists has developed a questionnaire for the consultation of children on child-friendly justice, as part of the preparation of the CoE draft Guidelines on Child-friendly Justice.

The questionnaire is available in several European languages and it can be completed on the CoE website: http://www.coe.int/childjustice

Final Draft (Recommendation containing) Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child-friendly justice.

Listening to Children about justice: Report of the Council of Europe. Consultation with children on child-friendly justice.

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