Logo UNICEF Innocenti
Office of Research-Innocenti
menu icon



Juvenile offenders

     IRC site

A "juvenile" is a child or young person who, under the legal system concerned, is to be dealt with for an offence in a manner which is different from an adult. An "offence" is any behaviour (act or omission) that is punishable by law under the legal system concerned. A "juvenile offender" is a child or young person who is alleged to have committed or who has been found to have committed an offence (see Rule 2.2 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (1985), otherwise known as the Beijing Rules).

See also:
Administration of Juvenile Justice   Juvenile justice   Minimum age for criminal responsibility   Offence