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The age of criminal responsibility

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 181

Gregor Urbas
ISBN 0 642 24198 8 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, November 2000


Considerable recent attention has been directed towards rules governing the minimum age of criminal responsibility, and the imposition of criminal responsibility above that age depending on a young offender's appreciation of the wrongness of their act. This paper examines the operation of these rules, along with criticisms and prospects for reform.