A leap year baby who committed an offense exactly 18 years after his birth has baffled a court in the Australian Capital Territory.
The girl, who remains anonymous for legal reasons, was born on February 29, 2000. However, there was no February 29, 2018, according to the Gregorian calendar.
The ACT courts are now struggling to determine if the girl should be officially judged as an adult in the eyes of the law.
The girl was born in the leap year of February 29, 2000 and committed a crime 18 years after her birth
The ACT Children's Court originally ruled that the girl should be considered an 18-year-old girl and treated through the adult justice system.
The ACT Children's Court originally decided that the child should be considered an 18-year-old girl and treated through the adult justice system.
Adult or child?
Leapling was born on February 29, 2000
She committed the offense on February 28, 2018
There was no February 29 in 2000 calendar year
Did she commit a crime as an adult or a child?
The plot was thickened when the girl's lawyers appealed this decision, noting that a person born on February 2, 2000 would not be 18 years old on February 1, 2018.
Instead, they argued that the girl did not turn 18 until March 1, one day after committing the offense.
Honorable Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of ACT Verity McWilliam agreed that the child should be seen as a child in this particular instance.
"From what follows that in the proper construction of [the law in question], on February 28, 2018, the plaintiff was not yet an adult, since he was "over 18 years of age", because he had not yet reached the beginning of the anniversary of his birth.
"It was only on March 1, 2018 when he became someone who had" at least "18," he told ABC News.
Daily Mail Australia contacted the ACT Magistrates Court to receive comments.
Astronomically, one year is currently 365.25 days, minus a little. To keep it in this number, each year that is exactly divisible by four is a leap year, and the extra day becomes February 29.
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