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Psychology and Law

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (online): 2222-5196


License: CC BY-NC 4.0

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Brief introduction into German practice of juvenile penal law & use of arrest in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Putz E.
Judge, court of original jurisdiction, Head of arrest institution for juveniles , Dusseldorf, Germany

The article deals with analysis of norms of German juvenile law (JGG) & activity of juvenile judge. As illustrated in Germany juvenile penal law is more educational then penal. Method of penalties on juveniles includes three levels: educational, compulsory measures & punishment which is last & most strict used when first two levels are unproductive. The pedagogy base of Law & complications in the work of judge are shown. The judge has discretionary power but must have enough wisdom & sensitivity towards delinquent. His judgments should be oriented on individual features of juvenile & correspond with the problems of his upbringing. Working simultaneously in two places – as juvenile judge & as the Head of arrest institution for juveniles, author discovers the arrest as pedagogue compulsory measure.

Keywords: juvenile judge, juvenile delinquent, educational penal law, pedagogy, individual disciplinary measures, arrest of juvenile delinquent.

Column: Juvenile Legal Psychology

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