IPJJ - Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice


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Conflict with the law

A child is in conflict with the law when he or she has committed or has been accused of having committed an offence. Depending upon the local context, children may also be "in conflict with the law" when they are dealt with by the juvenile justice or adult criminal justice system for reason of being considered to be in danger by virtue of their behaviour or the environment in which they live.