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Legal Training Workshop: Child & Youth Justice Within the Malaysian Legal System

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From 29th November 2015 till 1st December 2015, Voice of the Children in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Registrar, Federal Court of Malaysia conducted a legal training workshop on Child and Youth Justice Within the Malaysian Legal System. The training was conducted in Melaka for about 40 sessions court judges.

Voice of the Children had the opportunity to work with Dr. Farah Nini Dusuki, Dr. Prema Devaraj (WCC, Penang), Melissa Mohd. Akhir  (WCC, Penang) and Dr. Mohd Al Adib who joined us as the trainers for this workshop. The trainer’s expertise with the topics as well as their passion for the issue ensured that the workshop was an engaging, lively and educational one.

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The training covered several modules including the stages of child development and neuroscience; principles of justice for children in contact and in conflict with the law; avoidance of secondary victimization, providing effective assistance, cross-examination techniques, looking at children as victims and as witnesses; pre-trial procedures and prcesses; sentencing considerations, the types of orders available for children and the advantages and disadvantages of these orders.

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Besides these engaging and enriching sessions, the participants also had the opportunity to visit Sekolah Henry Gurney and Sekolah Tunas Bakti to further understand the realities of the children sentenced to these homes.

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The participant’s enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and share their experiences of handling juvenile justice cases enriched the discussion that took place during the training. The interactive activities also challenged the participants to think of creative ways to deal with situations involving children who have committed offences.

On the whole, the participants found the training provided them with the opportunity to view and understand child-offenders from a more child-centered approach and the steps that need to be taken to create a more child-centered juvenile justice system. Many also indicated that more trainings such as this should be conducted in future.

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