Observations in the “Ofer” Military Juvenile Court 2010-11, “No Legal Frontiers” Report

“No Legal Frontiers” Report: “all guilty! Observations in the Military Juvenile Court 2010-11“:

The findings show that the establishment of the military juvenile court at October 2009 brought about only a marginal change in the legal proceedings against Palestinian minors in the West Bank. The amendment of military law that led to the establishment of the military juvenile court had no effect at all on the interrogation and arrest procedures, which are the de facto critical stages that dictate the outcome of the whole legal process. The widespread use of detention undermines the presumption of innocence and, in the vast majority of cases, dictates conviction and punishment by imprisonment. The role of the court begins only after those stages and is in fact almost negligible considering the common practice of plea bargains, their acceptance by the court and the automatic sentencing of long prison terms.

 

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