Support to the Juvenile Justice System in Jordan

Project Status: Completed

Project Duration: 01/02/2011 - 30/09/2013

Total Budget: US$ 825,139


  European Commission

Delegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan





Terre des Hommes

Ministry of Justice

Juvenile Police Department

Target Groups

  1. Judges
  2. Prosecutors
  3. Lawyers
  4. Social Workers
  5. Juvenile Police Officers

Outline And Objectives

Given that Jordan has a young population of which 70% are under the age of 24 and given the constant increase in the general trend of juvenile delinquency in the country, juvenile delinquency is gaining due attention and becoming a growing priority on the agenda of the Government.

In fact, the annual average number of cases of juveniles in contact with the criminal justice system in Jordan is about 4513, mostly related to juveniles held in pre-trial detention. The general causes of delinquency are: poverty, family conditions and low level of education. The highest percentage of cases is recorded in the capital city of Amman and in other major cities (such as Zarqa).

This project aims at strengthening the legislative and institutional capacity of the Juvenile Justice System in Jordan through enhancing the capacities of the judiciary to deal more effectively with cases of children in contact with the law in line with international standards and norms.

To attain this objective the project will achieve the following outcomes:

  1. Children in contact with the law will benefit from a protective environment at the level of juvenile courts. To attain this, UNODC will establish nine specialized juvenile courts provided by the Closed Circuit TVs ((CCTV)) system.
  2. The Judicial Training Institute will be capable of delivering specialized courses covering "Justice for Children" in a sustainable manner. To achieve this, UNODC will develop a specialized curriculum and training manuals in juvenile justice that target judges, prosecutors and lawyers, enabling them to deal more effectively with juvenile cases at all levels.
  3. The Human Rights and Family Affairs Department at the Ministry of Justice will be capable of monitoring the rights of children at the level of the judicial procedure. UNODC is developing a monitoring system that will allow the MoJ to track juvenile cases at all courts levels and deal more effectively with child rights' breaches.

Key Achievements

  • Juvenile courts refurbished and equipped with a closed circuit television (CCTV) system.
  • Magistrates and paralegal staff handling the newly established juvenile courts trained and courts operational .
  • Adequate training curricula covering "justice for children" theme made available at the level of the Judicial Training Institute.
  • Human Rights and Family Affairs Department staff trained, and analytical/monitoring report produced.
  • Awareness campaign carried out to sensitize the public on alternatives to imprisonment that are being currently introduced to the new law in Jordan.
  • A new draft law which attempts to address the gaps of the current juvenile law of 1968 and to conform to international standards has been prepared, reviewed and submitted to the legislative Bureau.
  • A new police department has been created with responsibility for juvenile cases and has six branches throughout Jordan. UNODC has been invited to cooperate and provide technical assistance to the specialized police department on various issues.

This project is funded by the European Commission