Age of criminal responsibility to be raised

Age of criminal responsibility to be raised

The cabinet has approved in principle increasing the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 from 10 in line with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

It also gave a green light to changing the age during which measures other than criminal ones can be applied to 12-15 from 10-15 under the code.

The changes are in line with the ICCPR and medical opinions that children aged 12 are not very different from those aged 10 in terms of cognitive skills, said deputy government spokeswoman Traisuli Traisoranakul.

The change would bring down the number of juvenile criminals, thereby cutting state expenditures, she said.

“Other measures will be used such as close supervision or vocational training so children have a chance to grow up to be good citizens,” she said.   



Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (6)

TV legend Larry King dies at 87

Larry King, the amiable American broadcaster whose live global TV programme on CNN made him one of the most famous talk-show hosts in the world, has died in Los Angeles. He was 87.

20:29

Danish man held on drug charges in Pattaya

PATTAYA: Police arrested a 51-year-old Danish man for allegedly selling drugs in this beach town for over six years and seized four condominium rooms and other assets worth over 10 million baht for examination.

20:00

Ratchanok eliminated from Thailand Open

Ratchanok Intanon’s quest to make the final at the Toyota Thailand Open badminton tournament ended on Saturday with a three-set loss to top seed Tai Tzu Ying.

18:49