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2021 / 12 / 07

Online trainings for the project “LA CHILD” took place on 26th of November, 2021


The Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences, implementing the European Commission funded Project “Legal aid for children in criminal proceedings: developing and sharing best practices” (LA CHILD), organised the 6-hour long online trainings "Ensuring the rights of suspected and accused minors in criminal proceedings" on the 26th of November. It should be noted that the virtual event was attended by more than 150 interested participants.

During the event, the results of the Project were introduced and presentations on the most relevant issues of protection of children in criminal proceedings were given by attorney Liutauras Lukošius, judge of Vilnius City District Court Miglė Suchankienė, associate professor of Vilnius University dr. Gintautas Sakalauskas and prof. dr. Ilona Laurinaitytė, Audronė Bedorf, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Ombudsman for Protection of Children's Rights, dr. Agnė Limantė, dr. Simonas Nikartas and dr. Rūta Vaičiūnienė of the Law Institute of the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences. The speakers' presentations focused on the issues of deviant behaviour at a young age, the criteria of child-friendly justice, the aspects of ensuring quality legal assistance to children, and the implementation of individual assessment of suspected and accused children in criminal proceedings. The trainings also covered the psychological aspects of interviews with juvenile suspects and accused persons, current issues in the practice of pre-trial judges and the experiences of lawyers.

The Project’s overall objective is to contribute to enhancing protection of procedural rights of children in conflict with the law and to foster coherent implementation of Directive 2016/800 in the EU Member States as regards legal aid to children. The Project focuses on the issues and quality of legal aid for children.

Watch the recording of the trainings here.