The age of criminal responsibility in the Czech Republic appears set to remain at 15, after an amendment to the country’s criminal code passed in the Senate on Friday. The new code, which comes into effect in January, had counted on lowering the age of criminal responsibility, as well as sexual consent, by one year. The right-of-centre Civic Democratic Party had pushed for the age to remain at 14 but failed with its own proposal. The bill must be signed by President Václav Klaus to come into effect. In the past he has called the idea of lowering the age of criminal responsibility “debatable”.