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juvenile law

Juvenile Law

The age of criminal responsibility in Ireland is 12 years old except for the most serious cases of murder, rape and aggravated sexual assault which thankfully, are very rare in this country. The DPP must give special directions to deal with any other cases involving a juvenile under the age of 14.

The Children’s Court in Smithfield sits every day and deals with all types of cases concerning juveniles in Dublin. Each District around the Country also has separate days set aside to deal with juvenile cases away from the normal Court sittings.

The Children’s Act 2001 gives a lot of protections to juveniles before the courts. It also requires the parents or guardians to attend court and if that is not possible, another suitable adult must attend.

In terms of prosecuting juveniles, the State are under a special duty to move the prosecution expeditiously, over and above the duty they have in in relation to an adult.

We can provide representation to any juvenile who has been in contact with the Gardai in relation to a Court date or an upcoming investigation.

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Paddy Mc Garry, Principal, Mc Garry Law

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