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NCJ Number: 65405 Find in a Library
Title: CHILDREN AND THE COURTS
Author(s): R SMITH
Corporate Author: Sweet and Maxwell
Marketing Director
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 235
Sponsoring Agency: Sweet and Maxwell
London, NW3 3PF, England
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: THIS GUIDEBOOK ON THE TECHNICALITIES OF BRITISH LAW AND COURT PROCEDURES RELATING TO CHILDREN IS INTENDED TO AID LAYMEN AND SOCIAL SERVICE WORKERS DEALING WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE LEGAL PROBLEMS.
Abstract: COURTS NOW DEAL WITH GROWING NUMBERS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ACCUSED OF CRIMINAL OFFENSES, IN CARE AFTER PROCEEDINGS IN JUVENILE COURTS, OR THE SUBJECTS OF APPLICATIONS IN DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS. NEW COURTS, PROCEDURES, AND LAWS HAVE BEEN DEVISED TO DEAL WITH SUCH MINORS AND THE CHANGES IN SOCIETY WHICH THEY REPRESENT. THE LEGAL SYSTEM IS DESCRIBED HERE, WITH EMPHASIS ON JUVENILE COURT PROCEDURES, RULES OF EVIDENCE, AND CONTEXTS IN WHICH LAYPERSONS MIGHT EXPERIENCE PERSONAL INVOLVEMENT, SUCH AS WITNESS TESTIMONY. GUIDANCE IS PROVIDED ON HOW TO FIND A LAWYER, HOW TO OBTAIN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO PAY FOR LEGAL SERVICES, AND HOW TO ADVISE CHILDREN TURNING TO SOCIAL WORKERS FOR IMMEDIATE HELP IN MATTERS INVOLVING THE LAW. MOREOVER, THE LEGAL POSITION OF A JUVENILE COMING IN CONTACT WITH THE POLICE IS EXPLAINED, AND FURTHER CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS DISCUSSED IN RELATION TO SENTENCING PRACTICES, FINES, ATTENDANCE AND DETENTION CENTERS, BORSTALS, AND DEFERRED SENTENCING. IN ADDTION, LAWS AND PROCEEDINGS ARE EXPLAINED WHICH MIGHT DIRECTLY INVOLVE SOCIAL WORKERS, SUCH AS CARE LEGISLATION, ADOPTION PROCEEDINGS, AND THE VARIOUS PROVISIONS RELATING TO COURT REPORTS WHICH A SOCIAL WORKER OR A PROBATION OFFICER MIGHT BE CALLED UPON TO PRODUCE. DIVORCE, GUARDIANSHIP, NONMATRIMONIAL AND DOMESTIC CIVIL PROCEEDINGS ARE ALSO DISCUSSED. TABLES OF CASES, TABLES OF STATUTES, REFERENCES, AND AN INDEX ARE PROVIDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Child care services; Child custody; Child protection services; Civil proceedings; Counseling; England; European Juvenile Justice Codes; Juvenile courts; Legal aid services; Rights of minors; Social service agencies; Social workers; Youth advocacy organizations; Youth Services Bureau; Youthful offenders
Note: SOCIAL WORK AND LAW SERIES
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