Experts back raising minimum age of criminal responsibility


The Penal Code review committee proposed to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from the current age of seven to 10.
The Penal Code review committee proposed to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from the current age of seven to 10.PHOTO: ST FILE

Social workers, lawyers welcome proposal as younger kids often can't fully understand their actions and consequences

Social workers and lawyers have welcomed the proposal to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from the age of seven to 10.

They say that younger children often do not have the intellectual capacity to fully understand or control their actions or to fully comprehend their consequences.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2018, with the headline 'Experts back raising minimum age of criminal responsibility'. Print Edition | Subscribe