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Juvenile Justice: Administration and Implementation

Asha Bajpai

in Child Rights in India

Second edition

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195670820
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082117 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195670820.003.0006
Juvenile Justice: Administration and Implementation

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This chapter presents a discussion on juvenile justice. The Juvenile Justice Act 1986 replaced the Children's Acts. The Juvenile Welfare Board deals with neglected juveniles whereas delinquent juveniles are brought before the juvenile court. The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000 expands the definition of the ‘neglected juvenile’ by adding new categories of children. It has brought in some significant changes in an attempt to make the system more child-friendly. However, several critiques of this Act are presented. Juvenile justice has been enhanced by reducing the number of ‘at risk’-youth who enter the system. It is noted that juvenile courts should be vital community resources. The needs of the children and the families who appear in juvenile courts have to be considered. A juvenile court of the twenty-first century must have interdisciplinary connections with law, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, and child welfare administration and management.

Keywords: juvenile justice; Juvenile Justice Act 1986; Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2000; juvenile courts; Juvenile Welfare Board; delinquent juveniles

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Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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