The head of the Legal Aid Council (LAC) is reminding parents and guardians that no child should go before the courts without legal representation. This includes children deemed uncontrollable.
Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council (LAC), Hugh Faulkner, told JIS News that the detention or institutionalisation of a child is a measure of last resort in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Mr Faulkner explained that the Ministry of Justice actively seeks to safeguard the rights of children facing the justice system. “Although a child being uncontrollable is not a criminal offence, we provide a lawyer to intervene, because if a child comes before the courts as uncontrollable, a judge may send that child to a juvenile correctional facility.”
Children’s rights activists have recently bemoaned the fact that some children, described as uncontrollable, who have had run-ins with the law are sent to correctional institutions when taken before the courts, and this should not be.