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10.7.5 - Age and Commonwealth death sentences

Crimes Act 1914 s20C(2) provides:

Where a person under the age of 18 years is convicted of an offence against a law of the Commonwealth that is punishable by death, he shall not be sentenced to death but the court shall impose such other punishment as the court thinks fit.

It is noted that there are currently no identified offences against a law of the Commonwealth that are punishable by death.

Last updated: 1 April 2005

See Also

10.7 - Age of the offender

10.7.1 - Child offenders

10.7.2 - ‘Young’ and ‘youthful’ offenders

10.7.3 - Mature offenders

10.7.4 - Age and life without parole

10.7.6 - Recent cases on the age of the offender