Minimum age for criminal responsibility
CRC Article = 40(3)(a)
States Parties are required to promote the establishment of a minimum age below which children shall be presumed not to have the capacity to infringe the penal law. Rule 4 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice (1985), otherwise known as the Beijing Rules, recommends that the beginning of the age of criminal responsibility should not be fixed at too low an age level, bearing in mind the tacts of emotional, mental and intellectual maturity.
Administration of Juvenile Justice Diversions Juvenile justice Minimum age(s)