This Tuesday evening, through a final vote by show of hands by the Senate, Parliament finally passed the reform of the criminal justice system for minors, which introduces a two-stage judgment process interrupted by a phase of “fixing on l” ‘educational test’.
The text was approved by the House of Lords, which was dominated by the opposition from the right, with no votes from the left. The National Assembly had given its final green light that afternoon.
According to a report by Deputy Jean Terlier (LREM), “the crime dealt with by the prosecutor’s office in 2018 affected 233,000 minors, or 3.5% of the population aged 10-17”. Half of the juvenile offenders were 16 or 17 years old.
Comes into force in September
In a joint committee, MPs and senators agreed to postpone the entry into force of the reform from March 31 to September 30, as the Senate wished, in order to give the various actors time to organize.
It is “a reform that is expected of all those involved in the juvenile justice system (…), but it is also a change in their professional practice that raises many concerns,” said Senate Rapporteur Agnès Canayer (LR).
“Please be assured that this additional period will be used to prepare the actors in the juvenile justice system and to ensure that they use this text,” said Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti, praising a code that “strengthens the primacy of education” and is “clear and precise “efficient juvenile justice”.