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.”.