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Repeal Crime and Disorder Act 1998 s 34 and amend CYPA 1963, s 16 (criminal responsibility)

Comment 8th July 2010

My suggestion re raising age of criminal responsibility was closed because not suggesting repeal (though hard to reconcile this with other threads that continue).

CDA 1998 s 34 relates to the very unwise removal of doli incapax (presumption child under 14 does not understand that the alleged act was wrong).

CYPA 1963 raised age of criminal responsibilty to 10. It now needs to be raised further to a) bring us in line with most of Europe, b) reflect current understanding of child development c) be more aligned with other minimum ages in England/Wales law. 

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