age of criminal
responsibility The age at which a *person is liable for any *crimes he
commits. There seems no sound reason that this should differ significantly and
without explanation from the *age of majority; whatever that should be in any,
possibly individual, case. It seems a practical inconsistency and unjust to
declare that someone is mature enough for *libertarian adult responsibilities
(such as paying full *restitution for crime) but not mature enough for similar
adult *rights (i.e., rights not to suffer *proactive
impositions; not rights to any benefits or advantages), and vice versa.
However, the age at which one ought to know right from wrong in certain basic
cases is plausibly somewhat younger than the age at which some other skills are
likely to be attained.
A Dictionary of Libertarianism