Round table discussion on the "Draft law on juvenile justice"
PODGORICA, February 8th, 2010 – Ministry of Justice, UNICEF, and EU Delegation in Montenegro are organizing a round table discussion of the “Draft Law on Juvenile Justice’ on Monday, February 8th at 10:00 am in hotel “Podgorica” in Podgorica. Miraš Radović, Minister of Justice of Montenegro, Nicola Bertolini, First Secretary and Head of Operations in the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, and Noala Skinner, UNICEF Montenegro Representative, will open the discussion.
The subject of the discussion will be the text of the draft Law on Juvenile Justice adopted by the Government of Montenegro on December 24, 2009. This round table discussion is organized within the Government’s Public Discussion Programme. The aim of the event is to provide representatives of Montenegro’s judiciary, social welfare and civil sector with an opportunity for to make comments and suggestions on legislative solutions contained in the draft Law on Juvenile Justice and to contribute to the improvement of the same. The Juvenile Justice Law is expected to be adopted by the Parliament in the first quarter of 2010.
Adoption of the first ever Juvenile Justice Law will represent a milestone for Montenegro’s judiciary and a crucial prerequisite for the fulfillment of the rights of the child within the judiciary system. For the first time, Juvenile Justice Law will gather all the provisions on juvenile justice in one law and separate legislation on juveniles from the law for adults. The added value of the Law is that it will focus not only on improving the treatment of juvenile offenders, but also on providing adequate treatment to children victims of crime. The Law enhances cooperation between the judiciary and social protection system, which will be crucial for implementing some of its provisions such as educational measures instead of punitive ones to juveniles in conflict with the law – settlement with the victim through the restitution for the damage, apology or work aimed at removing harmful consequences of the crime; regular attendance of school/commitment to employment; voluntary work in the local community; attendance of treatment in a health care institution or counselling centre.
The round table is part of the project “Reform of the Juvenile Justice System” implemented by the government of Montenegro since October 2008 with help from UNICEF and financial support from the European Commission worth 500.000 euros.
For additional information, please contact:
Ms. Jelena Perović, Communication Officer, UNICEF Montenegro; Phone: +382 20 224 277 Ext. 3; Fax: +382 20 224 278; Mobile: +382 69 225 315; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.unicef.org/montenegro
Mr. Dragan Mugoša, Information Officer, Delegation of European Union in Montenegro; Phone: +382 20 444 600; Fax:+382 20 444 666; Mobile: 068 882 203; E-mail: Dragan.MUGOSA@ec.europa.eu