JNCHR Issues a Study on “the Juvenile Criminal Justice in Jordan”.

JNCHR issues a study on “the Juvenile Criminal Justice in Jordan”. The study was conducted within the framework of “Strengthening the legislative and institutional capacity of the juvenile justice system in Jordan Project”, which is funded by the Australian Agency.

The study was formulated according to a participatory research methodology.It envolved organizing meetings and workshops, for those who are affcted by the research theme, namely; the juvenile justice law enforcement agencies in Jordan, in addition to conducting a number of community outreach and advocay activites. Hence, the study is particulalry signifecent as is inteded to guide decision makers and bloster their efforts to implement the nceccery reforms to the Juvenile justice system in Jordan in order to reach the tue purposes of punihsmnet that is founded on the concepts of rehabiliation and re-intigarion of juveniles into the community.

The study aims to explore the challenges and obstacles to the legislative reform in Jordan’s juveniles system and offers insight into the sultuions for these issues. It also, proposes ammendments that the research team deems necceary to reach a modern Juvenile justice system through endorsing the long awaited draft ammended Juvenile law.

The study assesrts that cildhood as an age group needs attention, care and protection commensurate with its nature, in all times and circumstances, especially, those in conflict with the law.

The study acknowlwdges that despite the existence of a juvenile special legistlation and the participation of many agencies in the eforocrment of juvenile law; the success in achieving the goals of the juvenile justice depends on many overlapping critical factors. Foremost among these comes the system’s ability to accommodate the cognitive and professional developments in this field . It also depends on the level of coordination and integration between the entities envolved in the implementation of the criminal justice system and the understanding of each parties' respective roles and responsibilities. Furthermore, any justice system should accommodate the culture of human rights and be based on the philosophy and contents of the international conventions which are considred part of the domestic legal system after ratifayng them.