European Parliament Adopts Special Safeguards for Child Suspects in Criminal Proceedings

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Author: 

Michael Plachta

Date Published: 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Volume: 

32

Issue: 

3

Subject Areas: 

Abuse of Children
Adjective Enforcement
Administration of Justice
Arrest
Charged with Crimes
Civil Rights
Comparative and International Law
Compliance
Confidentiality
Criminal Procedure/Proceedings
European Union
Fair Trial
Fair Use
Law Enforcement
Legal Ethics
Prisoner Rights
Privacy
Trial

Geographic Identifier: 

European Union

Abstract: 

On March 9, 2016, the European Parliament voted, in an overwhelming majority of 613 votes to 30 (with 56 abstentions), to pass a Directive on special safeguards for child suspects to ensure that anyone under 18 who are suspected or accused of a crime get a fair trial. On that day, the Parliament adopted, at first reading, its position with a view to the adoption of Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on procedural safeguards for children who are suspects or accused persons in criminal proceedings. On the same day, the Parliament adopted a legislative resolution on the proposal for this directive.