October 31, 2017. Tbilisi. Achievements and challenges associated with juvenile justice, in particular the report on criminal cases against minors in conflict with the law, criminological analysis of cases of diversion and data on affected minors represent the key topics of the Conference held at the Chief Prosecutor’s Office with support of UNICEF within the framework of the EU-funded project on development of the Child-Friendly Justice System.
The Conference is attended by the representatives of Chief Prosecutor’s Office, Supreme Court, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Corrections, UNICEF, NGOs as well as academic community.
In 2016-2017 the rate of application of diversion as an alternative mechanism of criminal proceedings against minors increased while the number of cases of initiation of prosecution against minors, their detention and imprisonment decreased. The term for taking final decisions on the cases of minors have also been shortened. In parallel with increase of diversion rate, the indicator of committing a repeated offense by diverted minors is low which indicates to efficiency of the program. Only 9% of diverted young people have been reported to commit a repeated offence with the term of 3 years upon expiration of the agreement.
UNICEF, with support of EU, continues support to the implementation of Juvenile Justice Code to strengthen human resources and institution of the Justice System. In particular, specialization of professionals working with children is underway, child-friendly environment in the justice system is being created, comprehensive database of children within the justice system is being developed and intersectional coordination throughout the country is ensured.
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