Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years and to make consequential changes to the law on the disclosure of criminal records and on disclosure of information about individuals working or seeking to work with children or certain adults; on the provision of information by the Principal Reporter to persons adversely affected by the behaviour of children; on the taking of certain children to a place of safety by the police; on the search of certain children by the police;  on police interviews with certain children; and on the taking of forensic samples from certain children by the police; and for connected purposes

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, on 13 March 2018. The Bill passed Stage 3 on 7 May 2019. Received Royal Assent on 11 June 2019. 

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Equalities and Human Rights 

Dates of consideration by lead committee:

19 April 2018 (private)

6 September 2018 (evidence)

20 September 2018 (evidence)

27 September 2018 (evidence)

4 October 2018 (evidence)

25 October 2018 (private)

1 November 2018 (private)

Stage 1 Report on the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill - 7 November 2018

Dates of consideration by other committee(s):

15 May 2018 (private) (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

11 September 2018 (private) (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 - 12 September 2018

22 January 2019 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

Stage 1 debate, 13 November 2018

Official Report and Minute


After Passing

Received Royal Assent on 11 June 2019.

2019 Asp 7 - Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019

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