Criminal Justice Act 2006


Amendment of section 23 of Act of 2001.

125.— Section 23 of the Act of 2001 is amended—

( a) in subsection (1), by the substitution of “Subject to subsection (6), a child” for “A child”,

( b) in subsections (1)( a), (4) and (5), the insertion of “or anti-social” after “criminal”,

( c) in subsection (1)( c), by the substitution of “is 10 years of age or over that age” for “is of or over the age of criminal responsibility”, and

( d) by the addition of the following subsection:

“(6) Notwithstanding subsection (1), a child aged 10 or 11 years shall be admitted to the Programme if—

( a) he or she accepts responsibility for his or her criminal behaviour, having had a reasonable opportunity to consult with his or her parents or guardian and obtained any legal advice sought by or on behalf of him or her, and

( b) subsections (2) to (5) apply in relation to the child.”.