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age of criminal responsibility


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The age at which children are considered to have acquired sufficient maturity to take responsibility for their own criminal actions. In English law the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years. It is an irrebuttable presumption that a child under that age cannot commit a criminal offence. In international law a defendant at the International Criminal Court must have been at least 18 years of age at the time of the offence alleged.

Subjects: Law.


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