© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/092755607X181694 International Journal of Children’s Rights 15 (2007) 43–60 T HE I NTERNATIONAL J OURNAL OF C HILDREN ’ S R IGHTS www.brill.nl/chil What Responsibility Do Courts Have to Hear Children’s Voices? Judy Cashmore and Patrick Parkinson Faculty of Law, University of Sydney Introduction No social organization can hope to be built on the rights of its members unless there are mechanisms whereby those members may express themselves and wherein those expres- sions are taken seriously. Hearing what children say must therefore lie at the roots of any elaboration of children’s rights. No society will have begun to perceive its children as rightholders until adults’ attitudes and social structures are seriously adjusted towards making it possible for children to express views, and towards addressing them with respect (Eekelaar, 1992, p. 228). Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is explicit about children’s rights to express their views and to have an opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting them. This article will focus on the responsibility of courts, and in particular, that of the judicial ofﬁcer, to facilitate children’s participation and improve
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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