A brief introduction
The right to access legal counsel and representation throughout criminal judicial proceedings is essential, and especially for children in order to enable them to effectively enjoy and exercise their rights. There are multiple dimensions for children to exercise this right: the child needs to know how and when to contact the lawyer, what to expect, and what to do if this service is not satisfactory, etc.
A good defence plays a major role in the measures taken by the judge and the child’s ability to reintegrate and rehabilitate after the criminal justice proceedings. But even though legal aid and representation are recognized as children rights, their application is not systematic and the access to a lawyer for children remains a challenge in most European countries.
The projects My Lawyer, My Rights and LA Child aim to enhance the rights of children in conflict with the law in proceedings among European countries. Welcome to our website!
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The implementation of our projects to strengthen the rights of children in conflict with the law involves the regular publication of research reports, practical guides and manuals for juvenile justice professionals and authorities.
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Every child in conflict with the law needs a good lawyer. Children in conflict with the law have a lot to say… and also about their lawyer. Our partners gathered testimonies from children in conflict with the law in their countries in order to raise awareness among professionnals & politicians. So let’s hear about what they have to tell us !
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