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PE01847: Raise the age of criminal responsibility


Petitioner: Barry Donnan


Date Lodged: 06 January 2021

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to urgently raise the criminal age of responsibility to a minimum age of 14.


Petition History:


13 January 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that amendments to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 14 and 16 were rejected during the passage of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019; the Scottish Government has confirmed that reviewing the age of criminal responsibility is high priority; and Scottish Ministers must review the operation of the Act within three years of the commencement of section 1. The Committee also agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice. Link to Official Report of Meeting 13 January 2021

Written submissions

PE1847/A: Scottish Government submission of 16 December 2020 (66KB pdf)

PE1847/B: Petitioner submission of 6 January 2021 (122KB pdf)


Given what we now know about the way in which our brains develop, I could hardly believe we are so far behind in this. About time we raised the voting age as well.

Andrew Fraser

18:41 on 19 Dec 2020

At 12 years old my young mind had been educated via family, friends, peers and the education system to know right from wrong, anywhere on this planets, accepted there may be mitigating circumstances, whereby a child should not be prosecuted.

Roger Green

3:28 on 14 Dec 2020

This change is overdue. Scotland should look like a mature and caring jurisdiction. In this respect, it does not. There are provisions in place that, if adapted, would easily embrace this change. Health, education, social care and justice bodies already work constructively to nurture and assist young people in difficulty. I feel sure that they would cope with this change.

Alexander Cubie Carmichael

19:09 on 11 Dec 2020

A fair and balanced approach to understanding the legal aspects of age and acceptability to criminal responsibility.

Andrew Jones

13:13 on 02 Dec 2020


Jim Berrington

8:11 on 28 Nov 2020

Bring Scottish law up to date (a patriot)

Charles Clark

21:19 on 26 Nov 2020

This issue needs addressed.

Marti Morrison

18:39 on 26 Nov 2020

Time for an urgent national debate on this issue.

Barry Donnan

16:52 on 26 Nov 2020

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