Defence for Children International
UN Rules for Protection
JUVENILES UNDER ARREST OR AWAITING TRIAL
Although the UN Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their
Liberty incorporate standards regulating the entitlements of juveniles under
arrest or awaiting trial, as a general rule detention before trial should be
avoided and limited to exceptional circumstances. Where nevertheless juveniles
are detained the highest priority should be given to a speedy trial.The
presumption of innocence is applicable and all juveniles are entitled to
unimpeded private access to legal counsel. Juveniles should also be eligible to
apply for free legal aid, where such aid is available.
Juveniles who are under arrest or awaiting trail should also have the
opportunity, where possible, to work for remuneration and to continue their
education and training; however, they should not be required to do so. They are
also entitled to receive materials for their leisure and recreation.
Many of the UN Rules concerning juveniles under arrest or awaiting trial
reiterate provisions found in global and regional human rights treaties.