YOUNG OFFENDER

A Young Offender is anyone between the ages of 10 and 17 who has committed a criminal act.They may also be referred to as a Minor or Infant.
Children under the age of 10 are considered to be under the age of criminal responsibility and have not reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Therefore, they cannot be charged with any criminal offence.
Children aged 10-14 can be convicted of a criminal offence if it can be proved that they were aware of what they were doing at the time of the offence and that it was seriously wrong. After the age of 14, young people are considered to be fully responsible for their own actions in the same way as an adult would. However, there are some differences in the type of sentencing all young offenders will receive. See Youth Court.

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