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Children’s involvement in criminal processes

Australian Law Reform Commission, Lyn
June 4, 2015

Source: (1997) Australian Law Refrom Commission, Draft Report 3

This report summarizes Australia’s efforts to develop varying approaches to juvenile justice. Once such approach is the family group conferencing. This conferencing is considered a form of restorative justice because the offender is given the opportunity to make amends with the victim. The issues of police involvement, the child’s lack of access to legal advice, the severity of penalties imposed and a perceived net-widening effect have caused the Law Reform Commission to remain rather sceptical of conferencing programs currently in place.


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