T  EWCA Crim 815.
With somewhat questionable timing (in the light of the return to custody of Venables), the Children's Commissioner for England has put forward the view that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised to 12 - see BBC 13th March. Currently, there is a move in Scotland to do just that - BBC 1st March. Many European countries have higher ages than 12.
Whatever the arguments relating to the actual age chosen, is it wise to merely raise the age without also undertaking a detailed review and thorough overhaul of the methods of dealing with those below the age who have committed what would otherwise have been offences?
Links: Children's Commissioner for England / for Wales / for Northern Ireland /for Scotland
Addendum: Here are the views of Baroness Butler-Sloss and also comments from members of the public - The Times 14th March. The learned Baroness is undoubtedly right in saying that no government would put raising this age to the general public at the moment - especially, one might add, with a general election looming.