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All Guilty! Observations in the Military Juvenile Court 2010-11

Volunteers for "No Legal Frontiers" observed the trials of Palestinian minors in the military juvenile court in Ofer Camp between April 2010 and March 2011. During the observation the organization's volunteers monitored the trials of hundreds of minors, but chose to collect systematic and organized information after every stage of the trial in the cases of 71 minor defendants.

In many cases there was no appropriate proportionality between the severity of the offense and the punishment, and long prison terms were imposed. Non proportionality stems also from the extensive use of fines and imprisonment in exchange.

The findings show that the establishment of the military juvenile court brought about only a marginal change in the legal proceedings against Palestinian minors in the West Bank. The amendment of military law that led to the establishment of the military juvenile court had no effect at all on the interrogation and arrest procedures, which are the de facto critical stages that dictate the outcome of the whole legal process. The widespread use of detention undermines the presumption of innocence and, in the vast majority of cases, dictates conviction and punishment by imprisonment. The role of the court begins only after those stages and is in fact almost negligible considering the common practice of plea bargains, their acceptance by the court and the automatic sentencing of long prison terms.

Writing, Collection and Organization of Data
Volunteers of “No Legal Frontier”

Writing and Legal Advice
Adv Smadar Ben Natan

Design
Nizan-Shamir Designers
We wish to express our thanks and deep appreciation
to Adv. Gabi Laski, Neri Laufer and Lymor Goldstein
for sharing with us their vast knowledge and experience
and helping us with the observation, collection and
organization of the data used in this report

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Volunteers for "No Legal Frontiers" observed the trials of Palestinian minors in the military juvenile court in Ofer Camp between April 2010 and March 2011. During the observation the organization's volunteers monitored the trials of hundreds of minors, but chose to collect systematic and organized information after every stage of the trial in the cases of 71 minor defendants.

All Guilty! Observations in the Military Juvenile Court 2010-11
 


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