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Vulnerable but autonomous: the child’s right to remain silent in criminal proceedings

31 January 2023 - Peggy ter Vrugt

Every year around 18,000 children aged 12 to 17 years old are formally interviewed by the police in the Netherlands. Of that number, around 5,800 cases are brought before a court. All these children (called young suspects in criminal law) must make an important decision: Do they remain silent or not? The right to silence is one of the most fundamental, yet...

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