The Shura Council, in its eighth session today (Sunday), which is held remotely through the electronic systems approved by the Council, will discuss the report of the Women and Child Affairs Committee regarding a draft law promulgating the law “Corrective justice for children and their protection from abuse”.
It accompanies Decree No. (20) of 2019 AD, which includes its recommendation to approve in principle the aforementioned draft law after I discussed it and discussed it with His Excellency the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments and a number of ministry officials.
The committee affirmed in its report that the draft law will be a guarantee to achieve restorative justice for children, and their care and protection from ill-treatment, as the draft law aims to remove the child from the framework of penal law and its criminal procedures to concepts based on prevention, protection and reform, and creating an appropriate environment for child care, modification, evaluation and reintegration of his behavior. With the community environment, enhancing shared responsibility with the family, and providing appropriate opportunities to form his personality and positive participation in society through the creation of a justice and reform system.
The committee stated that the draft law came to achieve restorative justice for children in all stages of the criminal case, investigation and trial and during the execution of the judgment, and the draft law also came to establish consistency with international conventions and treaties that the Kingdom of Bahrain has ratified and acceded to, so that the best interests of the child will take precedence. Through the law, the establishment of Correctional Courts for Child Justice, and the Childhood Judicial Committee, whose expertise is applied by experts specializing in technical and behavioral issues.