We need to think about Kevin – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 29th, 2012 in criminal responsibility, news by tracey

“Monsters are born, not made: the latest round in the debate about criminal responsibility questions the very  existence of intuitive morality.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 29th May 2012

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Breivik – insanity as a defence – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 19th, 2012 in criminal responsibility, defences, insanity, news by tracey

“Anders Behring Breivik knew what he was doing, and he knew it was wrong. Claiming insanity is not enough to protect a person from the consequences of his own evil acts. Alternatively, he must be mad. His killing spree was so shocking and so utterly at odds with normality as to be sufficient evidence of insanity in its own right. Res ipsa loquitur. And there you have it – the whole point of the argument about ‘criminal insanity’, which has been running for centuries.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th April 2012

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Age of criminal responsibility is too low, say brain scientists – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2011 in children, criminal responsibility, news, reports by sally

“The age of criminal responsibility in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could be ‘unreasonably low’ given the emerging understanding of how slowly the brains of children mature, according to a report by the Royal Society. Widespread differences between individuals also mean that the cut-off age at which children are deemed fit to stand trial, at 10 years old, might not be justifiable in all cases.”

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The Guardian, 13th December 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v St Regis Paper Company Ltd – WLR daily

Regina v St Regis Paper Company Ltd; [2011] EWCA Crim 2527;  [2011] WLR (D)  317

“Criminal liability could not be imposed on a company for intentionally making a false entry to an environmental control record contrary to regulation 32(1)(g) of the Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000, by virtue of the intentions of the employee who committed the offence, if he was not the directing mind and will of the company.”

WLR Daily, 4th November 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

An ugly totem for the abject failure of our criminal justice system – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2011 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“At 10, our age of criminal responsibility is the lowest in Europe. But can you ever use age to determine maturity?”

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The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Campaign to raise age of criminal responsibility – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2011 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“Children in England understand the difference between right and wrong at age 10, according to the law. Ten years old is also the age of criminal responsibility in Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.”

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Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Williams (Jason John) – WLR Daily

Regina v Williams (Jason John) [2010] EWCA Crim 2552; [2010] WLR (D) 274

“As a matter of statutory construction, fault or other blameworthy conduct on the part of the defendant was not required to establish that he was guilty of an offence under s 3ZB of the Road Traffic Act 1988 of causing the death of another person by driving while unlicensed, disqualified or uninsured; and it was sufficient that the driving was a cause of the death, provided that it was a more than negligible or de minimis cause.”

WLR Daily, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Dorset County Council v House – WLR Daily

Posted October 18th, 2010 in animals, criminal responsibility, EC law, law reports, repeals by sally

Dorset County Council v House [2010] EWCA Crim 2270; [2010] WLR (D) 253

“Criminal liability under the Cattle Identification Regulations 1998 and the Cattle Database Regulations 1998 was expressly and exclusively defined in terms of a failure to carry out an obligation under Council Regulation (EC) No 820/97, so there was no criminal offence in respect of conduct after 20 July 2000 when Regulation 820/97 was repealed and replaced.”

WLR Daily, 14th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Barnado’s chief calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised – The Observer

Posted September 13th, 2010 in children, criminal responsibility, news, reports by sally

“Martin Narey says children shouldn’t be held legally accountable for actions until they are 12.”

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The Observer, 12th September 2010

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

Civil sanctions are no soft option – The Guardian

Posted August 26th, 2010 in criminal justice, criminal responsibility by sally

“The Law Commission’s proposals on regulation are welcome – but no easy alternative to a busybody state.”

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The Guardian, 26th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regulation, Public Interest and the Liability of Businesses – The Law Commission

Posted August 26th, 2010 in criminal responsibility, news by sally

“We published a consultation paper on 25 August 2010, in which we have made a number of provisional proposals on criminal liability in regulatory contexts.”

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The Law Commission, 25th August 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Government has no plans to raise age of criminal responsibility – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2010 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“The Government has no plans to raise the age of criminal responsibility despite the outcry that followed the conviction of two boys for attempting to rape an eight-year-old girl, justice minister Lord McNally said today.”

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The Independent, 10th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Age of criminal responsibility should be raised, says leading barrister – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 7th, 2010 in criminal responsibility, news by sally

“The age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 14 to better protect the ‘truly young’, one of the country’s leading barristers has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Age of criminal responsibility in England is among lowest in Europe – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 25th, 2010 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“The case of the two young boys convicted of attempted rape highlights once more the low age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How Edlington case follows course paved by Bulger trial – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2010 in children, criminal responsibility, news, young offenders by sally

“Two brothers are among Britain’s youngest convicted criminals to be placed in custody after being detained for a horrific attack on another two boys in Edlington, South Yorkshire, carried out when they were aged just 10 and 11.”

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BBC News, 22nd January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Age of criminal responsibility ‘should be raised from 10 to 14′ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 1st, 2009 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“At present, child defendants are at increased risk of suffering miscarriages of justice because the courts service does not identify their vulnerabilities or ensure they understand their legal rights, the Prison Reform Trust claimed. Given that many child offenders are among ‘the most vulnerable children in society’, they should instead be dealt with through a welfare-based system rather than an adversarial court trial.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Child, nine, carried out sexual assault – The Independent

Posted August 24th, 2009 in children, criminal responsibility, news, sexual offences by sally

“A sexual assault by a nine-year-old was one of 32 recorded offences involving under 10s last year, a police force revealed today.”

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The Independent, 24th August 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Criminal responsibility – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2009 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“In England and Wales the age of criminal responsiblity is 10 – but should it be raised?”

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BBC News, 10th June 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Regina (JS) (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Times Law Reports

Regina (JS) (Sri Lanka) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Court of Appeal

“In order to establish that an asylum seeker was liable for a joint criminal enterprise such as to exclude him from the protection of the Geneva Convention as complicit in war crimes or crimes against humanity, there had to have been a common design which amounted to or involved the commission of a crime provided for by statute.”

The Times, 11th May 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Big Question: At what age should children be held responsible for their criminal acts? – The Independent

Posted February 5th, 2009 in children, criminal responsibility, news by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

Because the former head of the Youth Justice Board, Professor Rod Morgan, has called for the age at which children can be locked up –the so-called age of criminal responsibility – to be raised. The minimum age is currently 10 years in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and eight in Scotland. Professor Morgan spoke for many criminologists and penal reformers when he argued that the age should be raised, and voiced concern that nothing would be done.”

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The Independent, 5th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk