The age of criminal responsibility in Scotland will increase from eight to 12 next month. Children’s minister Clare Haughey has confirmed the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 will be fully in place from 17 December.
Legislation raising the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 12 years old has been commenced with effect from today. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 was approved by MSPs in May following calls from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for the age to be raised f
Primary school-aged children will no longer be arrested and treated as offenders, following the passing of the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill. The bill will make far-reaching changes to the way that the law treats children under 12 with Scotland leading by increasing the age of criminal respons
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. The Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill, which is currently progressing through Parliament, seeks to raise the age at which a child in Sco
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 int
A figure from the children's hearing system has said the age of criminal responsibility could be raised to 16. Malcolm Schaffer, head of practice and policy at the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, told MSPs that the criminal justice system is not necessary to "control behaviour" of