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Empirical study to examine challenges faced by juvenile justice courts in enhancing access to justice for juvenile offenders

 

Table of Contents

Table of Contents. 1

Acknowledgement 3

List of Acronyms. 4

Executive summary. 5

Chapter 1: Introduction to the study. 7

SECTION A: Background to the study. 7

1.2 Problem statement 9

1.3 Objectives of the study. 11

1.4 Scope of the study. 11

1.5 Limitations and delimitations of the study. 11

SECTION B: Review of literature. 12

1.2.2 The family and children’s court synonymous with juvenile court in Uganda. 13

1.2.3 Comparative perspectives of Juvenile justice courts around the world. 14

SECTION C:   Research methodology. 16

1.3.2 Sample selection. 17

1.3.3 Data collection. 17

1.3.4 Data analysis. 17

Section D: Examining the legal and policy framework. 18

1.4. The International Standards, Rules and Guidelines. 18

1.4.2 The national legal and policy regime governing juvenile justice. 19

Chapter 2: Presentation of findings and proposed interventions. 23

2.1 Performance of the courts in enhancing justice for juvenile offenders. 23

2.1.2 Pre- trial concerns. 25

    2.1.3 Discrepancies in age determination. 28

    2.1.4 Gender offending patterns. 29

        2.1.5 The Trial process. 29

2.2 Difficulties in juveniles engaging in the proceedings. 30

2.3 Proposed interventions for improving the performance of juvenile courts. 31

2.4 Juvenile offenders experiences in navigating the justice system... 33

2.4 General challenges faced in determining justice for juvenile offenders. 41

2.5 Proposed interventions to determine justice for juvenile offenders. 42

2.6 Success stories and lessons from experiences of juvenile offenders. 43

2.7 Ongoing innovations to improve experiences of juvenile offenders. 44

Chapter 3: General recommendations and conclusion. 48

Bibliography. 50

Appendices. 52