With an increasing number of juveniles committing violent crimes, the government is seeking to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 13 by the end of this year.
The Education Ministry announced on Friday a set of measures to prevent juvenile violence after a meeting of ministers presided over by Education Minister Kim Sang-kon.
The measures also include holding public discussions on whether schools should be in charge of resolving lesser cases of school violence, and whether these lesser offenses should be omitted from students’ school records.
The government will work with legislators to revise the criminal law and the juvenile law to lower the age of criminal responsibility from the current 14 to 13.
Crimes committed by children aged between 10 and 13 saw marked growth, 7.9 percent, in the first half of this year, according to the ministry. Crimes by 13-year-olds increased 14.7 percent.( Collapse )I'll leave this question here: What is the criminal responsibility age limit in your country? I know in my country, it's 12 (thanks to benihime99 for letting me know), but if you're under 18, you won't be publicly identified unless you ask the courts for permission. Hope that makes sense.Source: Korea Herald