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Gov't proposes law lowering criminal age limit by 1 year to 13

All News 11:03 November 02, 2022

By Kim Han-joo

SEOUL, Nov. 2 (Yonhap) -- The justice ministry on Wednesday put up a pre-legislation notice about a law revision on lowering the age of criminal responsibility by one year from the current 14, officials said Wednesday.

Currently, minors aged between 10 and 14 -- referred to as criminal minors -- cannot be convicted of a crime in South Korea. If such children commit offenses, they are referred to community service programs or youth correction institutions.

Under the new revised law, criminal minors will exclude 13-year-olds, and they will be subject to criminal punishment if they commit a crime.

The new law comes in line with an earlier campaign pledge by President Yoon Suk-yeol to lower the criminal age limit by two years to 12.


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