A Guide to the Juvenile Justice Act 2018

juvenile means a person who is fourteen years old or older but under eighteen years of age

Girl with her painting at the Art for Mental Health Event for World Children's Day 2022 at the State House in Georgetown, Guyana
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It is presumed that no child under the age of fourteen is capable of or guilty of committing a criminal offence unless an evaluation of child proves otherwise. If a child is found to have the capacity to commit a criminal offence then the child shall be treated as a juvenile under this Juvenile Justice Act.

When a child is charged the court must order that the child be examined by a child care worker and the person who examines the child must submit a written report to the court within thirty days of the date of the order.

How the child is to be dealt with if the presumption is rebutted is set out.

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