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Young people between the ages of 10 and 18 who commit crimes are subject to a special form of criminal law, known as juvenile criminal law. Juvenile criminal law is made up of the Juvenile Criminal Code (JCC) and the Juvenile Criminal Procedure Code (JCrimPC).
The age of criminal responsibility is the age at which a person can be punished for an act that the law deems to be a criminal offence. In Switzerland, children aged 10 and over are regarded as criminally responsible. Younger children are not criminally responsible. In principle, it is up to the parents of a child under the age of 10 to decide whether and how to react to the child's conduct. If necessary, the guardianship authority can order a child protection measure.
The priority for young offenders under Swiss juvenile criminal law is that they are protected and educated. This means that often they are not punished in the normal sense, but are made subject to educational or therapeutic measures.
The Juvenile Criminal Code provides for two types of sanction: protection measures and penalties.
If a crime is committed, you can notify the police and make a complaint. Before doing so, you can get support and advice from a victim support agency.
For further information on juvenile criminal law, consult the website of the federal authorities.