This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the CRC in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
Following its ratification in July 1990, the Convention on the Rights of the Child is considered part of the national laws of El Salvador and can be directly enforced in its courts. Children over 14 years of age may directly bring cases in domestic court to challenge violations of their rights, yet children under 14 must act through their mother, father and other representatives. Under the law, children are guaranteed free access to justice at all times and instances. Although group actions may be filed, they require victims to be specifically identified. Child victims are entitled to facilities for testifying in informal and non-hostile environments.