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A Comparative Study of Procedural Safeguards for Young Suspects

A comparative study of procedural safeguards for young suspectsDr Vicky Kemp was involved in a comparative study of procedural safeguards for young suspects interviewed by the police, led by the University of Maastricht.

As part of the Roadmap for strengthening procedural rights of suspected or accused persons in criminal proceedings, the European Commission funded the project ‘Protecting Young Suspects in Interrogations.’ This study was to help inform the then proposed Directive based on young suspects’ legal rights, including setting minimum rules to assist jurisdictions in implementing good practice.

The study was based in five countries: Belgium, England and Wales, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland and it included focus group interviews with young offenders, police officers, defence solicitors and appropriate adults. Also undertaken was an analysis of police interviews held with young suspects.

The first volume

The first volume arising out of this study contains the findings from a legal comparative study of the existing legal procedural safeguards for young suspects during police interviews in the five selected jurisdictions.

M. Panzavolta et al. (eds.), Interrogating Young Suspects: Procedural Safeguards from a Legal Perspective (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2015).

J. Hodgson and V. Kemp (2015) ‘Chapter 3: Ensuring ‘Appropriate’ Protections for Young Suspects’: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/51307/1/Hodgson%20and%20Kemp%20Chapter

The second volume

The second volume contains the findings arising out of the empirical research conducted in the five countries.

M. Vanderhallen et al. (eds.), Interrogating Young Suspects: Procedural Safeguards from an Empirical Perspective (Cambridge: Intersentia, 2016).

V. Kemp and J. Hodgson (2016) ‘Chapter 4: England and Wales: Empirical Findings’: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/40877/1/5.%20Chapter%204%20-%20England%20and%20Wales%20%28004%29.pdf

For further details see drvickykemp.com

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