Age of criminal responsibility
Legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 12 years old has been commenced with effect from today.
Published 29 November 2019
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
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
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