Access here the definitions of keywords

This glossary has been developed for the sole purpose of facilitating the use of the results of this study. It provides definitions and examples of the use of the terms relating to the information and data presented on the site concerning children in judicial proceedings. It does not include definitions of legal terms which may vary between Member States and legal commentators.


Administrative data

Data produced as a result of the administrative processes of organizations (e.g. data derived from court or police records). The bulk of the datasets presented in this study, including the information collected by international organisations for more than one country, contain administrative data. When considering the findings it has to be borne in mind that the precise method of administrative data collection may vary between Member States and thus the findings may not be directly comparable. Administrative data contrasts with survey data that is systematically collected for the purpose of generating statistics and where comparability is likely to be better than for administrative data.

Approximate datasets

Datasets that provide information closely relevant to an indicator in the Masterlist but do not allow for an indicator score to be generated because the information is not sufficiently comparable. The symbol above has been used to signify datasets of this type. For example, Convictions of children (aged 14 to 17) by type of offence. (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) in Austria is deemed approximate to indicators CRIM 014 and CRIM018 in the Masterlist.