The Supreme People’s Court yesterday looked into issues relating to the draft law revising the 2015 Penal Code, including the scope of criminal responsibility by those aged 14 to 16 and the criminal liability of adults in commerce. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI – The Supreme People’s Court yesterday looked into issues relating to the draft law revising the 2015 Penal Code, including the scope of criminal responsibility by those aged 14 to 16 and the criminal liability of adults in commerce.
The Penal Code states that persons between the ages of 14 and 16 bear responsibility for very serious crimes intentionally committed.
The draft amended code expands the scope of the criminal liability of children aged 14 to 16: they
will also be liable for intentionally causing injuries or damage to other people’s health, rape, and
kidnapping for ransom.
Phạm Minh Tuyên, chief judge of Bắc Ninh Province’s People’s Court, said he disagreed with the changes.
“Some people say new regulations will prevent school violence. I don’t think so. School violence is the
fault of the family, the school and society, it’s not children’s fault. We can’t make our children bear
responsibility for that,” Tuyên said.
Nguyễn Hữu Chính, chief judge of the Hà Nội People’s Court, said the current regulations (the 1999 Penal Code) should remain
The draft lists 28 crimes for which those aged 14 to 16 are to be held responsible. “The list is insufficient.
For example, those from 14 to 16 can be taken advantage of to commit crimes that pose a threat to the
nation’s security, because they won’t have to bear liability for such crimes under the amended
law,” he said.
Phạm Đức Tuyên, deputy chief judge of the Hải Phòng People’s Court, agreed, and insisted that the
regulation remain the same.
Discussion also focussed on proposals to amend articles relating to preparation to commit a crime. The draft law says preparation of weapons or dangerous chemical substances in order to inflict injuries on others people can result in jail terms of three months to two years.
“I think this is a proper and effective way to prevent crime from an early stage,” said Bùi Văn Giang, a judge from the National Military Court.
Regarding the liability of legal persons in commerce, the chief judge of Quảng Ninh People’s Court, Ninh Hoàng Văn, said a specific penal liability was needed for individuals who act in the name of the collective and commit crimes.
Phạm Đức Tuyên, deputy chief judge of Hải Phòng People’s Court, said the classification of crimes by legal persons in commerce was insufficient. “The identification of penalties would be fair and accurate only when the classification of the crimes is done properly,” Tuyên said. – VNS