oa Article 40 - The minimum age of criminal responsibility : 10 or 12 years?

Volume 10 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



Both the 2002 version of the Child Justice Bill and the 2007 version raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 10 years. This move was based on the South African Law Reform Commission's proposals that the age be raised to 10 years. This was founded on a number of motivating factors, which included the respondents to the consultative process agreeing to the change as well as the recognition that scientific evidence on child development advocated the minimum age of 7 years in terms of the common law being raised.

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