The Practice of the Juvenile Judge in the Netherlands: The Family Supervision Order as a Response to the Sexual Misbehaviour of Minors, 1922–1940

Ingrid de Puij*, Jeroen J. H. Dekker

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This chapter describes changes in the way juvenile delinquents were dealt with in the first part of the twentieth century in the Netherlands, particularly in relation to the introduction of the juvenile court judge and of supervision orders. It then goes on to describe how such orders were used in practice by judges and supervisors in cases of minors charged with sexual misbehaviour (mainly girls). Supervision orders involved families. They could lead to internment in institutions or employment placements in families. Judges, who were expected to embody a paternal figure, had a significant role to play in these orders and had a fair degree of discretion to perform it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationYouth and Justice in Western States, 1815-1950. From Punishment to Welfare. In Series: World Histories of Crime, Culture and Violence
EditorsJean Trépanier, Xavier Rousseaux
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan
Number of pages27
ISBN (Electronic)9783-3-196-6245-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-66244-2
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2018


  • Family Supervision
  • Sexual Misbehaviour of Minors
  • Juvenile Judge
  • Netherlands

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