According to section 3A of the Juvenile Offenders Ordinance, the juvenile court consists of a permanent magistrate, and has the jurisdiction to hear and determine any charge against a “child” or “young person” of any offence other than homicide.
“Child” is defined as a person under 14 years of age.
“Young person” is defined as a person aged 14 years and under the age of 16 years.
It should also be noted that no child under the age of 10 can be guilty of a criminal offence. However they may be subject to care and protection proceedings as pursuant to Protection of Women and Juveniles Ordinance (Chapter 213).