Across the globe countries differ on the preferred standard for access to
juvenile proceedings for the public and media. Should there be a presumption that juvenile court
proceedings are open? If so, should all juvenile proceedings be open or just some? Should
there be a distinction between criminal and civil matters? How do we balance the public's desire
for openness with a juvenile defendant's right to a fair trial and desire for confidentiality?
As social workers, should the profession take a stand on this issue?