Crime and Punishment 01
Spraying graffiti onto a wall might get you an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

Crime and Punishment 01

This KS3 Citizenship quiz takes a look at crime and punishment. Until the 19th century, children from the age of seven could be convicted of criminal offences in Britain and were often given the same punishments as adults. Imagine that!

The age of criminal responsibility has been raised to 10. That means children younger than that cannot be arrested or charged with a crime. If they commit a criminal offence, they can be banned from being in a public place between 9pm and 6am, unless they are with an adult. If they don't follow that order, they can be placed under supervision or even taken into care.

Children between the ages of 10 and 17 are dealt with by youth courts. They are given different sentences to adults. Instead of prison, they are sent to secure centres for young people rather than being placed in an adult prison. At the age of 18, you are treated as an adult by the law. If an 18-year old is sentenced to prison, they will be sent to a secure place for 18 - 25 year-olds instead of going to a full adult prison.

  1. At what age is it legal to drink alcohol at home?
    Some pressure groups think that it should be made illegal for children under the age of 15 to drink alcohol anywhere. They want this to be made the law because alcohol is a poison. It is also an addictive drug that can damage the brain and other organs
  2. Which of these is considered a crime?
    None of these would lead to a prison sentence
  3. Appeals against decisions made in court get heard in which court?
    Sometimes wrong decisions can be made. The appeals system means that evidence can be presented to a different court to see if they view it differently to the original court
  4. Which of these might get you an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO)?
    There are many other examples of anti-social behaviour that can land someone with an ASBO
  5. What is the highest court in the country?
    This court has the final word on any appeals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, it has the final word on civil cases but there is a separate court for criminal cases
  6. Where are the majority of court cases heard?
    Over 95% of cases!
  7. If a person is guilty of robbery, what is the maximum sentence?
    The judge can give a lesser sentence, depending on the circumstances. Some people think that community sentences instead of prison would be better
  8. What does a magistrates' court NOT have?
    Cases are dealt with by a 'bench' of two or three magistrates or a trained lawyer called the District Judge
  9. What is the difference between robbery and burglary?
    'Daylight robbery' doesn't mean during the day!
  10. A person who is serving on a jury is called .......
    Almost anyone of voting age can be asked to be a juror

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