Circular 002/2016: amendment to the definition of 'arrested juvenile'

The upper age limit in the definition of 'arrested juvenile' in section 37(15) of PACE is raised from 16 to 17.



  • from: Crime and Policing Group (CPG) – policing directorate
  • unit: Police Transparency Unit (PTU)
  • broad subject: Police Service
  • date for implementation: 22 November 2015
  • for more information contact: Brian Roberts or John de Sousa 020 7035 4848

This circular is addressed to:

  • Chief Officers of Police in England and Wales

Copies are being sent to:

  • Chief Officers of non-Police Act forces
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Association of Police and Crime Commissioners
  • The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime
  • The Common Council of the City of London
  • The Association of Chief Police Officers of England
  • Wales and Northern Ireland
  • The General Council of the Bar
  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • College of Policing
  • Border Force
  • National Appropriate Adult Network
  • Independent Custody Visiting Association
  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • PACE Strategy Board Members
Published 8 April 2016