On March 15, 2017, the Investigative Committee central office hosted the “Legal proceedings involving minors” national workshop. Representatives of the Investigative Committee, the General Prosecutor's Office, the Supreme Court, the State Forensic Examination Committee, the Belarusian State University, the educational institution “Institute for Retraining and Upgrading Qualifications of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Professionals at the Belarusian State University", International Public Association "Understanding" and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Office in Belarus.
Workshop participants discussed the issues of implementing international juvenile justice standards in the Republic of Belarus, introducing juvenile justice elements in the pre-trial phase of criminal proceedings, as well as a choice of tactics during the initial criminal proceedings and criminal investigation methods in cases involving minors.
Based on the results of fruitful work, proposals aimed at improving legal proceedings involving minors were developed.
The UNICEF in Belarus is making efforts to improve the juvenile justice system in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international standards.
As an important result of the Supreme Court and UNICEF cooperation, in December 2016, the Chairman of the Supreme Court of Belarus issued an order on selecting judges to work in the judicial boards on criminal cases of the Minsk city court and regional courts, as well as specialised district (city) court judges to consider criminal cases involving minors. Thus, the country is moving forward in implementing international standards and national legal provisions on the specialization of judges considering cases involving minors.
With regard to 2017, the joint plans of UNICEF, the Investigative Committee, the British Embassy and the Institute for Retraining and Upgrading Qualifications of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Professionals at the Belarusian State University include the development of a special course on juvenile justice for investigators.