Policy work on the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Our office has produced policy work around Scotland's minimum age of criminal responsibility on a national and international level, and this is collected below.

Briefing for MSPs on international standard for the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (May 2019)

Briefing produced for MSPs before they considered Stage 3 of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill. It reiterates 14 as the minimum acceptable international standard for the age of criminal responsibility.

Read our briefing.

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child: Draft revised General Comment No. 10 on children's rights in juvenile justice

Comments on proposed revisions to the Committee's General Comment 10, including its recommendation that a minimum age of criminal responsibility of 14 should now be considered the absolute minimum standard.

Read our submission.

Equalities and Human Rights Committee Call for Evidence: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill

Our evidence around the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill highlights recent proposals to revise UN General Comment 10 on juvenile justice and our concerns about the Bill as it currently stands.

Read the evidence.

Stage 1 evidence to the Equality and Human Rights Committee

Our written evidence around Stage 1 of the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill.

Read the evidence.

Consultation response: Protection of Vulnerable Groups and the Disclosure of Criminal Information

Our response to a consultation around reforming Scotland's PVG and Disclosures system, highlighting human rights concerns.

Read this consultation response.