Juvenile Court Assistance

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The Significance of the Juvenile Court Assistance in the Criminal Proceedings in Austria

Carlotta Pirnat, from the University of Vienna, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminal Justice and Human Rights,” under the title “The Significance of the Juvenile Court Assistance in the Criminal Proceedings in Austria”. Here is the abstract: Do juvenile criminal courts adopt the recommendations made by the Juvenile Court Assistance? The Juvenile Court Assistance (Jugendgerichtshilfe) has the function to support the public prosecutor/court in criminal matters concerning juveniles. If a juvenile commits an offence, the prosecutor/court assigns the Juvenile Court Assistance to write a report. This report should contain all information necessary to assess the juvenile and his/her living circumstances. Additionally, the Juvenile Court Assistance can recommend reactions the court should impose in case of a conviction, such as a therapy, drug testing, anti-aggression-training, school attendance, etc. These measures should secure an appropriate reaction by the court in each individual case, not only punishing the juvenile for the committed crime but also taking the necessary measures to prevent the juvenile from committing further crime. Due to a lack of official data an analysis of case files and interviews were conducted to explore whether or not the measures recommended by the Juvenile Court Assistance are taken up by the courts in their verdicts. The results will be presented at this conference.

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  • “The Significance of the Juvenile Court Assistance in the Criminal Proceedings in Austria”, by Carlotta Pirnat (Proceedings)

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