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Per un'analisi sociologica del processo penale minorile. Strutture di decisioni e procedimento
Author/s: Deborah De Felice 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  25 Pg. 89-113 FullText PDF:  198 KB

This article suggests a research approach aimed at the empirical investigation of how the requirements of social defence can be reciprocally compatible with those of the protection of minors in juvenile criminal proceedings or, vice-versa, feature aspects of incompatibility. Based on a research project of 35 trials and a series of interviews of privileged witnesses conducted at the Catania Juvenile Court, the article sets out to run an empirical check on whether or not the specific autonomy attributed to juvenile criminal proceedings translates into a procedural structure capable of handing down decisions that are legitimate in a sociological sense. The research attempts to identify a decision-making structure and roles necessarily related to the conditions of functionality to be found empirically in this kind of proceedings usable for indicating the proceedings’ legal nature as a specific, autonomous decision-making process.

Deborah De Felice, in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL DIRITTO " 1/2007, pp. 89-113, DOI:


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