District Police Departments
Suspects who are minors
In a pre-trial investigation, a person under the age of 18 is considered a child and treated as such. By law, children must be treated in a pre-trial investigation in a manner consistent with their age and level of development. In particular, care must be taken to ensure that no unnecessary harm is caused to a child at school, in the workplace or in any other environment important to him/her.
The police are not permitted to interview a suspect who is under the age of 18 unless in the presence of a witness. In investigating an offence suspected of having been committed by a child, the police will, wherever possible, use officers who have experience in such work. Where necessary, the police must also seek the advice of a physician or other expert on the child's involvement in the investigative measures.
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