Age of criminal responsibility in UK is too low, say brain scientists
The age of criminal responsibility in the UK could be "unreasonably low" given the emerging understanding of how slowly the brains of children mature, according to a report by the Royal Society. Widespread differences between individuals also means that the cut-off age at which children are deemed fit to stand trial, at 10 years old, might not be justifiable in all cases.
The comments are part of an assessment carried out by a panel of scientists, lawyers and ethicists of how developments in neuroscience and brain imaging should inform the future practice of law. Neuroscience and the Law, published on Tuesday, examines how scientific understanding of the brain has advanced in recent decades and the light this has shed on behaviour. The report also assesses the reliability of lie detector tests.
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"Age of criminal responsibility in UK is too low, say brain scientists", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2011. Consulté le 05/10/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/age-of-criminal-responsibility-in-uk-is-too-low-say-brain-scientists