Avoiding early intrusion in the lives of children : the need for juvenile justice reform in Hong Kong

Chui, Wing Hong (2006) Avoiding early intrusion in the lives of children : the need for juvenile justice reform in Hong Kong. Qing nian yan jiu xue bao = Journal of youth studies, 9 1: 119-128.

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Author Chui, Wing Hong
Title Avoiding early intrusion in the lives of children : the need for juvenile justice reform in Hong Kong
Journal name Qing nian yan jiu xue bao = Journal of youth studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1029-7847
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 119
End page 128
Total pages 10
Editor N. W. Chow
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publisher Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
390401 Criminology
750312 Youth/child development and welfare
Formatted abstract

In Hong Kong, children under the age of 10 are currently fully and legally excused from criminal responsibility. For children aged between 10 and 14, Hong Kong follows the English common law rule of a rebuttable presumption of doli incapax, although this presumption was abolished by section 34 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. However, vexing questions such as "At what age should young children be held responsible for criminal acts?", "Should the age of criminal responsibility be raised from 10 to 14?", and "Should the principle of doli incapax be abolished in Hong Kong?" have been raised by the public and youth justice personnel. The aim of this paper is to examine some of the issues surrounding the age of criminal responsibility in Hong Kong, thereby highlighting the need for juvenile justice reform. 

Keyword Juvenile justice reform
Q-Index Code C1

 
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