age of criminal responsibility



Age of criminal responsibility raised to 12

Primary school-aged children will no longer be arrested and treated as offenders, following the passing of the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill.

Published 8 May 2019

Advisory group to consider raising age of criminal responsibility beyond 12

The Scottish government has announced the establishment of a new forum to consider whether the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to higher than 12.

Published 30 April 2019

Children’s Commissioner argues 12 is not an acceptable age of criminal responsibility

Responding to the evidence given by the Children’s Commissioner to the Equality & Human Rights Committee, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has pressed for the Scottish government to back his amendments to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least meet the new international minimum of 14, and possibly go higher to 16.

Published 18 January 2019

Proposals to raise age of criminal responsibility to 16 would see murder and rape become subject of children's hearings

A figure from the children's hearing system has said the age of criminal responsibility could be raised to 16.

Published 11 January 2019