Amendment bill on youthful offenders to be tabled in Parliament

Amendment bill on youthful offenders to be tabled in Parliament

October 20, 2021   06:17 pm

The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Justice held on October 15, chaired by Justice Minister Ali Sabry, agreed on presenting two Bills and Regulations in Parliament tomorrow.

Accordingly, the Youthful Offenders (Training Schools) (Amendment) Bill, Penal Code (Amendment) Bill and the Regulations made by the Justice Minister under Section 840 of the Civil Procedure Code (Chapter 101) read with Section 214 of the said Code and published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2234/67 dated July 02, 2021, are being scheduled to be passed in Parliament post-debate.

The Youthful Offenders (Training Schools) (Amendment) Bill aims at amending the age limit previously established as below 18 to age between 18 - 22. The Bill also amends for the purpose of being gender neutral.  The amendment to the Penal Code establishes provisions to replace the verdict of death sentence being given to minors replacing it with custodial sentences.

State Minister Susil Premajayantha, Parliamentarians Sagara Kariyawasam, Dr. Suren Raghavan, Madhura Withanage, the Secretary to the Ministry of Justice M.M.P.K. Mayadunne and other officials also attended the said meeting.

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