Interrogating Young Suspects

Procedural Safeguards from a Legal Perspective

Author: Michele Panzavolta,Dorris De Vocht,Marc Van Oosterhout,Miet Vanderhallen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781780682990

Category: Law

Page: 444

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The vulnerability of juvenile suspects concerns all phases of legal proceedings, but is probably greatest during interrogations in the investigation stage. These early interrogations often constitute the juvenile suspects' first contact with law enforcement authorities, during which they are confronted with many difficult questions and decisions. Therefore, at this stage, the juvenile suspect should already be provided with an adequate level of procedural protection. The research project underlying this book sprang from the observation that the existing level of procedural protection of juvenile suspects throughout the European Union is limited. More specifically, there is very little knowledge of what actually happens when juvenile suspects are being interrogated. The research project sheds more light on the existing procedural rights for juveniles during interrogations in five EU Member States representing different systems of juvenile justice (Belgium, England/Wales, Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands). In doing so, it identifies legal and empirical patterns to improve the effective protection of the juvenile suspect. The book contains the results of the first part of the research project: a legal comparative study into existing legal procedural safeguards for juvenile suspects during interrogation in the five selected Member States. The country reports provide for an in-depth analysis of the existing rules and safeguards applicable during the interrogation of juvenile suspects. On the basis of these findings, a transversal analysis is carried out in the final chapter, which is dedicated to the identification of common patterns, with a view to harmonizing the systems and improving the protection of juvenile suspects' rights. (Series: Maastricht Series in Human Rights) [Subject: EU Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law, Criminal Justice, Youth Justice]
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Interrogating Young Suspects

Procedural Safeguards from an Empirical Perspective

Author: Miet Vanderhallen,Marc Van Oosterhout,Dorris De Vocht,Michele Panzavolta

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781780683010

Category: Law

Page: 494

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This book is the second of two volumes published in the context of the research project 'Protecting Young Suspects in Interrogations'. This EU-funded research project sprung from the observation that knowledge of the existing level of procedural protection offered to juvenile suspects during interrogation is limited. The research project aimed to fill at least part of this gap by shedding more light on the existing procedural rights for juveniles during interrogations in five EU Member States with different systems of juvenile justice (Belgium, England and Wales, Italy, Poland and the Netherlands). In doing so, it intended to identify legal and empirical patterns to improve the effective protection of the juvenile suspect. The project has been a joint effort of Maastricht University, Warwick University, Antwerp University, Jagiellonian University and Macerata University in cooperation with Defence for Children and PLOT Limburg. The results of the first part of the project - a legal and comparative study into existing legal procedural safeguards for juvenile suspects during interrogation in the five selected Member States - have been published in a separate volume (M. Panzavolta, D. de Vocht, M. van Oosterhout and M. Vanderhallen, Interrogating Young Suspects: Procedural Safeguards from a Legal Perspective, Cambridge: Intersentia 2015). This second volume reflects the results of the second and third part of the research project. First, it contains the results of the empirical research conducted in the five Member States consisting of focus group interviews and observations of recorded interrogations. The empirical findings of each Member State are discussed in separate chapters to provide an in-depth account of perceptions and practices in the context of each jurisdiction. Second, the country reports are followed by an integrated analysis resulting from the merging of the legal and empirical findings offering a comparative overview and combining the national findings into an integrated perspective. Finally, the book contains a set of guidelines - a framework of minimum rules - developed on the basis of the research project's findings. The guidelines and their additional explanatory remarks include recommendations for good practices and are intended to serve as an inspiration for promoting good practice in the context of juvenile suspect interrogations throughout the EU. The book is intended for practitioners, academics, researchers and policy-makers working in the area of juvenile justice and interrogation.
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