Manual for the Measurement of Juvenile Justice Indicators by Office of Legal Affairs

By Office of Legal Affairs

UNICEF and UNODC have constructed a collection of fifteen symptoms of middle value to juvenile justice, in session with NGOs and person specialists. The fifteen symptoms were sophisticated via field-testing in a couple of international locations and are recommended via the Interagency Juvenile Justice Panel. This guide explains tips on how to use the symptoms in perform.

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Efforts should be made to establish an independent office (ombudsman) to receive and investigate complaints made by juveniles deprived of their liberty…” JDL, Article 77. How to measure it Number of places of detention (total) / 100 As a Policy Indicator, this indicator asks whether a complaints system for children in detention exists and is protected by law or policy. In different country contexts, an inspection system may be provided for in law or through government policy. Information sources at central government level (such as ombudspersons, or within ministries of justice, interior or penal management) should confirm the existence of a complaints system and the structure of the system.

1 above as a guide, each information source can be assessed to determine the extent of information recording. 2 below. 2 – Classification of information sources according to the extent of information recorded Scale Description of extent of information recording A Information is recorded systematically by the information source and is of high quality. Sufficient information is available for calculation of all of the indicators relevant to the information source. B Information is recorded systematically and is of high quality, but sufficient information is only available for calculation of some of the indicators relevant to the information source.

Many countries have more than one age of criminal responsibility depending upon the category of offence committed. In addition, countries that make use of an administrative system for minor offences may define the age at which a child can be subject to administrative sanctions. As a general rule, where children under the age of criminal or administrative responsibility are nevertheless dealt with by the juvenile justice system or adult criminal justice system in a similar way as if they were over the age of criminal responsibility, such children should be counted for the purposes of the indicators.

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