Juvenile offender: measures and penalties

Verified 17 November 2021 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Prosecutions initiated before 30 September 2021

Published on 30 September 2021

The prosecution front 30 september 2021 will run until their end according to the rules prior to the entry into force of the juvenile criminal justice code.

However, the new rules on educational measures and measures restricting freedom they shall apply from 30 september 2021.

A juvenile offender is mainly at risk of being punished by a educational measure rather than a penalty (fine, community service, prison). Because he is under 18 years old, age of penal majority, its liability is mitigated compared to a major. If the minor is under the age of 13, the law considers that the minor is not capable of discernment. Thus, the juvenile's punishment is based on his or her age and situation.

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