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THE SYSTEM OF JUVENILE JUSTICE IN SCOTLAND

In Scotland, juvenile justice was formally separated from the adult criminal justice system in 1908 following the Children Act, which required some courts to act as juvenile courts on certain days. Court procedures were modified to try to improve children’s understanding of what was happening, but the principles of

M. Burman (*)

University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

S. McVie, O.B.E., F.R.S.E.

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK e-mail: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

S.H. Decker, N. Marteache (eds.), International Handbook of Juvenile Justice, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-45090-2_18

criminal procedure remained the same as those applied in the adult court (Morris and McIsaac 1978). It was not until the passage of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1932 that specially constituted juvenile courts were introduced which had specific responsibility for ensuring the welfare of the child. Nevertheless, only four juvenile courts were ever established in Scotland and most juvenile offenders continued to be dealt with in the adult courts.

 
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