The Juvenile Offenders (Amendment) Bill 2001 - Age of Criminal Responsibility

 

16th September 2002

Mrs. Constance LI

Clerk to Bills Committee

Legislative Council Secretariat

3/F Citibank Tower

3 Garden Road

Central

Hong Kong

Dear Mrs. Li,

Re: The Juvenile Offenders (Amendment) Bill 2001

The Bar Association supports the proposed amendment of
the law to raise the age of criminal responsibility from seven to ten
years together with the retention of the rebuttable presumption in respect
of incapacity for wrongdoing to the revised parameters of ten to fourteen
years. In our view the upward revision of the age of criminal responsibility
to ten years is a minimum step in the right direction. It remains our
view, expressed to the Law Reform Commission on 26th March 1999, that
an upward revision of the age of criminal responsibility to twelve years
would be more appropriate.

Yours faithfully,



Michael Lunn, S.C.

Vice-Chairman