Children and Their Families in the Montreal Juvenile Delinquents Court, 1912–1950: Actors or Spectators of Their Own Fate?

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the question of whether children and their families behave as actors or mere spectators of their own fate when brought before a juvenile court. This chapter presents research carried out in the Montreal Juvenile Court up to 1950. Family members were responsible for initiating an important number of prosecutions, particularly in cases where children or youths were charged with ‘incorrigibility’. Both children and family members made requests and expressed their views. They interacted with each other as well as with court officials—who could agree or disagree with them. However, those who were its target population did not remain merely passive spectators of a fate decided exclusively by court officials.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université de MontréalMontréalCanada

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