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.



Observations that either provide a common way of presenting information that reveals whether ‘child friendly’ standards are being met or describe contextual conditions (e.g. numbers of children involved in different aspects of the judicial process). The Masterlist provides the preferred list of indicators. In many cases however, the indicators concerning child friendly standards have been broken down into discrete observable elements

Information sources

The metadata for each of the national and international datasets indicates the sources of information. The comparative tables include information derived from national contextual overviews. The sources of information are provided.