JCLA assists the National Council for Family Affairs to develop implementing procedures for the Kingdom's new Juvenile Law

Date22 Jul ,2015

From March to May this year, JCLA assisted the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA) to develop a conflict resolution system and aftercare programma, which are new tools established under recent amendments to the Kingdom's Juvenile Law.  

The conflict resolution system is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism, designed to resolve conflict outside court. The system would be implemented by the Juvenile Police Department, Dispute Resolution Judge, or another government agency, and envisages the use of non-freedom restraining sanctions. 

The aftercare programme is designed to rehabilitate convicted juveniles and help reintegrate them into society by providing social, economic, and psychological support. The programme aims to give a participatory role to the juvenile’s parents. The juvenile’s parents will receive training about how to support their child in his or her rehabilitation process. Juveniles will also receive training to facilitate their re-entry into the educational system. 

In order to tailor the interventions under the conflict resolution system and aftercare programme to the specific circumstances of each juvenile, the procedures developed by the NCFA and JCLA specify what information is required to be included in caseworker reports. 

The Kingdom's new Juvenile Law

Jordan's new Juvenile Law aims to improve access to justice for juveniles in conflict with the law.  Ms Hadeel Abdel Aziz Ababneh, Executive Director of JCLA, hopes to witness a real change in the way juvenile cases are dealt with when they come into contact with the justice system.

One of the key changes in the Juvenile Law, and one to which JCLA's contribution was instrumental, is the increase in the age of criminal responsibility from 7 to 12 years. The new law also includes the creation of a specialised police department tasked with juvenile matters, including the development of alternative sanctions (ie sanctions that do not involve depriving the juvenile of his/her freedom).