Flashcards in 5. Crime: Young Offenders Deck (5):
0-9 years of age
have doli incapax: can't be charged with an offence, presumed innocent as they lack mens rea.
rebuttable presumption of doli incapax. Presumed not capable of committing offence. Prosecution must prove the child understood knew the difference between severely wrong and naughty
14-15 years old
criminally responsible, but no conviction recorded unless a serious offence
16-17 years old
criminally responsible for any offence and conviction may be recorded, heard in children's court