Trinidad & Tobago: Juvenile Justice Training

From January 12 - 17, an NCSC team of experts, including Alicia Davis, Ray Wahl, Gail Chang Bohr and JoAnne Richardson, contributed to the Juvenile Court Project of Trinidad & Tobago (JCP). The team participated in stakeholder workshops and sensitization meetings, and conducted on-site visits to Family Court and residential and non-residential youth programs.

Trinidad & Tobago is in the process of reforming its juvenile justice system in response to an increasing number of young people becoming perpetrators or victims of violent crimes.  With the assistance of NCSC, the JCP will establish two juvenile courts and youth courts in the country.

The project is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with NCSC.  A general objective of the project is to strengthen the capacity of the Judiciary to handle juvenile matters in accordance with new legislation using a rehabilitative and less retributive approach. NCSC will help identify and develop evidence-based practices that will serve to divert and rehabilitate young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.