Luxembourg - Administrative Tribunal, 3rd Chamber, 39735, 21 June 2017

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Luxembourg - Law of 08 March 2017
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The presumption of minority does not apply when bone testing shows the applicant’s majority and when a doctor does not express doubts on the results. The tribunal did not request further tests. 


The applicant, who had been stopped by the police that same day, was later escorted to Kirchberg Hospital in order to have a bone examination on 30 May 2017. The test found that the applicant was at least 19 years old.

On 30 May 2017, the authorities decided to remove the applicant and to administratively detain him until said removal.

Decision & Reasoning: 

The tribunal found that the bone testing followed the Greulich and Pyle Method, which is unable to establish with precision an age between 16 and 18.

However, the tribunal found that the doctor was steadfast in his conviction that the applicant had reached the age of legal majority, which left little doubt in the reasoning of the judge.




The tribunal rejected the appeal.

Subsequent Proceedings : 

The tribunal recognised that the bones testing method was not fool-proof and referred to the position of the doctor (whether the doctor had expressed having any doubts or not) in order to remedy this deficiency.

As such, minority cannot be a presumption when a test establishes an applicant’s legal majority and when the responsible medical authority has no doubts about the result.



The original version of this case summary was aritten by Passerell a.s.b.l.