The Howard League for Penal Reform has commissioned research into the overnight detention of school age children in police cells. The research is based on analysis of Freedom of Information data and seeks to shine a light on how frequently police detain school children overnight. A final report is expected by the end of 2010.
Negotiations began recently on a draft Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings, a topic under discussion at a meeting with the Ministry of Justice
The Directive is part of a Roadmap on Criminal Procedure which identified six areas for action at EU level. It is intended to build on the foundation of the European Convention on Human Rights, fleshing out what these rights mean in practice. The six areas identified for action are the rights to interpretation and translation; the provision of information to a defendant about his rights; access to a lawyer; communication with consular authorities, relatives and employers; special safeguards for vulnerable persons; and the publication of a Green Paper on the review of grounds for detention.
ICVA will keep you updated on this process.