Attendance of juvenile committees is mandatory – if the minor or their legal guardian fail to appear at the hearing, it will be adjourned. Failure to appear at the committee without notice could result in compelled attendance by a police escort. Good reasons include illness, general traffic disruption or another reason at the committee’s discretion; the invitation is sent a week before the hearing and only with registered post against signed receipt. If there is a reason preventing the child or the parent to attend the hearing, they must definitely notify the juvenile committee: either by telephone or by e-mail.
Attendance of juvenile committees is mandatory. If the minor does not attend, the discussions are adjourned for up to 30 days as of the date on rendering the adjournment decision. Failure to appear at the committee without notice could result in compelled attendance by a police escort. The juvenile committee decided on the use of the police for escorting the minor to the (next) committee hearing if the minor has failed to appear at the hearing and has not given a good reason for the same. If there is a reason preventing the child or the parent to attend the hearing, they must definitely notify the juvenile committee: either by telephone or by e-mail.
The committee reviews the materials concerning the offence /truancy, hears the statements of the minor and their representative (parent), and takes a decision on imposing a sanction. The whole discussion about the offence is recorded by the secretary of the committee; it is then signed by the Chair or the Deputy Chair of the committee and the secretary. In the best interests of the minor, the minor or their representative could be temporarily removed from the hearing (asked to leave the room) during the discussions. The committee hearing is held in camera – it is attended only by the members of the committee, the applicant, the minor and their representative, as well as other persons invited to attend. No third parties are allowed to attend the hearing, because it is not in the best interests of the child and does not ensure confidentiality.
The juvenile committee takes decisions either once the discussions have been concluded or within three days following the discussions, if taking the decision requires more time. In the latter case the committee will notify the time and the place where the decision is made public. The decision will be forwarded to the minor and their representative against a signed receipt, and to the party imposing the sanction – by post.
The decision of the committee specifies the sanction, adjourns the hearing because the invitee(s) have failed to appear, terminates the proceedings regarding the offence, or orders imposing police escort. The decision shall state the time and place of the decision, the names of the members of the committee, the personal data of the minor, the given name and surname of the applicant, the content of the application, the reasoning part of the decision, if sanctions are imposed – the party enforcing the sanctions, the time, procedure and terms of enforcing thereof, the procedure and the deadline for lodging the appeal. The decision shall be signed by the Chair or Deputy Chair who chaired the hearing, and the secretary. The reasons of the decision shall state the arguments substantiating the selection of the sanctions imposed based on the offence committed by the minor, their social background, whether or not the matter has been discussed in the juvenile committee before, and what sanctions have been previously imposed on the minor.