Criminal Justice Act 2006

New section 76C in Act of 2001.

134.— The following section is inserted in the Act of 2001 after section 76B:

“Dismissal of case against child under 14 in certain circumstances.

76C.— Where a child under 14 years of age is charged with an offence, the Court may, of its own motion or the application of any person, dismiss the case on its merits if, having had due regard to the child’s age and level of maturity, it determines that the child did not have a full understanding of what was involved in the commission of the offence.”.