Age of Criminal Responsiblity Bill

Category: Age of criminal responsibility

23rd May 2018

Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee has published a call for evidence on the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill, following a commitment from Scottish Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility.

The consultation seeks views on a number of issues relating to the increase in minimum age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12, including but not limited to:

  • Actions that can be taken when dealing with children under the age of 12;
  • What information should be included on enhanced or PBG scheme records about actions that occurred before the age of 12;
  • The right of children under 12 to have an advocacy worker present during a police interview.


The Committee are particularly interested in hearing from children and young people during the consultation process and will be engaging with them between May and October.

The Scottish Parliament's Finance and Constitution Committee is also seeking views on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum.

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