The Effective Youth Court is purpose-made for professionals and
academics working in the field of juvenile justice to inform them
about a new interdisciplinary perspective. The book explores the
way juvenile defendants are involved in the courtroom. The leading
idea of the book is that a combination of two perspectives is
required to be able to react legally correct and adequately to
youth delinquency. Knowledge of the legal framework that has been
developed in the past decades in the area of human rights,
particularly the procedural rights of the child, has to be enriched
with social scientific insights in the development and treatment of
the child. First, the book develops a normative framework for the
application of the right to be heard in the youth court. Then it
offers a comparative analysis of the actual practice of
participation of juvenile defendants in Europe. In total 50 youth
courts have been visited, involving more than 3000 cases of
juvenile defendants. Finally, best practices in the youth court
procedure are designated regarding the actual participation of
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