Group Development Pakistan

JUSTICE WITH CHILDREN

Justice with children defines the process before, during and after trial of children in conflict (child accused, convicts) or in contact (child victims, witnesses) with the law. This process aims to avoid secondary victimization of any child and abides by child sensitive guidelines that rely on four fundamental principles:

  • Best interest of the child
  • Dignity of the child
  • No discrimination
  • Right to be heard

Pakistan has initiated a criminal justice reform agenda that includes justice with children and in this context, Group Development Pakistan (GDP) has been closely working with state actors, civil society organizations, media, children & youth, as well as the legal fraternity to improve the legal framework pertaining to justice with children in the country, and contribute to its effective enforcement. A historical partnership between GDP and several state actors of justice has led to the establishment of seven pilot child courts in Pakistan.

Lahore Pilot Child Court Established

December 2017

March 2018

Mardan Pilot Child Court Established

October 2019

October 2019

Quetta Pilot Child Court Established

June 2020

July2020

Islamabad Pilot Child Court Established

June 2020

December 2017

Peshawar Pilot Child Court Established

March 2018

October 2019

Abbottabad Pilot Child Court Established

October 2019

June 2020

Mohmand Pilot Child Court Established

July2020

Aug2020

Number of cases involving children in conflict or contact with the law tried by the pilot child courts

1279

Child courts piloted in Pakistan

7

Juvenile Justice Committees notified

9

National Infographic Report on Justice with Children

Provincial Infographic Report on Justice with Children

District Infographic Report on Justice with Children