09 Feb ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
Did you know that the minimum age of criminal responsibility varies across Europe?
Here are some examples! In France there is no minimum age at which children are held criminally responsible. However, children aged 13 to 18 years can be criminally sentenced. In the United Kingdom, children can be held criminally liable from the age of 10, and in Belgium from the age of 12. In Iceland and in Czech Republic, the law affirms that no person who is under the age of 15 can be punished for an offence. In Armenia, 16+’s may be held criminally responsible for all crimes, and children aged 14 years or older may be held criminally liable for certain named offences. In Poland, 17 +’s are liable to be tried for any criminal offence and for offences listed in the Penal Code.
What about Malta? Until 2014, in Malta children under 9 could not be held criminally responsible. Recently, the law was changed and the age of criminality responsibility was raised from 9 to 14 years of age.
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