Scottish Children's Panel Chair to Decide Zoo Animal Cruelty Case |TODAY|
Submitted by dan. on 2007-08-29 22:00.
In many countries there have been steps taken to ease bringing juvenile cases into adult courts. In this case three youths, aged 11, 13 and 14, are alleged to have attacked animals in a zoo, with one animal dying and a number of others being injured.
The case was initially sent to the "children's reporter" but then referred to the procurator fiscal (prosecutor) after public outrage over the incident. However, the procurator fiscal has now returned the matter to the children's panels. This article explains the process and some of the implications of the decision.
For more information on the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, consult its website.
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