Natallia Anofranka. Juvenile and Minor Crime from 1830s until 1850s in the lands of Belarus

While in European countries of the nineteenth century industrial revolution and urbanization caused the children crime increase, in the Belarusian-Lithuanian provinces of the Russian Empire these processes progressed very slowly. This had an influence on the state of the children crime which didn’t gain a mass character until the 1860s in these lands. The analysis of documents from the police and the courts of different types and levels of the Minsk and Vitebsk provinces reveal four main cases of violations the children participated in: theft crimes, setting fire, sex crimes, and homicides. In addition, these documents illustrate how resolutions and orders regarding offenders from minor children were putted into judicial practice and how courts at different levels cooperated.