February 7, 2017
Family Court Act: Required to Raise the Age
The Family Court
The Family Court is the most appropriate place for the majority of juveniles (including those 16 and 17-years old) to have their cases heard.
Applying the Family Court Act Matters
Key Components of the Family Court Act Required to be a Statute that “Raises the Age” of Criminal Responsibility
Youth ages 16 and 17 would need to be charged as either Juvenile Delinquents (pursuant to Article 3 of the Family Court Act) or Juvenile Offenders (pursuant to the Family Court Act, Criminal Procedure Law and Penal Code) based on the offense allegedly committed.