Juvenile Justice Process Mapping
On Saturday, 21 March, 2015, the Juvenile Court Project Office continued its series of workshops with juvenile justice stakeholders. The group met to discuss processes related to the apprehension and bail of children under 18 who are accused of committing a crime. Stakeholders included judges, magistrates, attorneys, police officers and prison officers as well as members of the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Education.
The group made special efforts to ensure that processes were flexible enough to cover juvenile matters involving multiple and complex circumstances. In terms of the apprehension of juveniles, emphasis was placed on outlining guidelines and processes for juvenile arrest, interrogation, investigation, charge and the issuing of warrants and summonses. Participants agreed that all guidelines and processes must take into account the age and developmental differences of juveniles coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
The processes defined in these workshops will be used to develop judges’ rules for the new juvenile court system. These rules will also impact police standing orders, i.e., procedures and guidelines for police officers concerning the arrest, detention and interrogation of suspected juvenile offenders.