12. Minors.

The status of minority1 as such is irrelevant to the exercise of bankruptcy jurisdiction. A minor may be made bankrupt, or may make a bankruptcy application in respect of any debt or debts which are legally enforceable against him2. At common law3 the general rule is that a minor's contracts are voidable at the instance of the minor4, but contracts for necessaries5 and contracts for education, apprenticeship and service6 are enforceable, provided that they are beneficial to the minor7.

Where a person ('the claimant') has entered into a contract with another ('the defendant'), and the contract is unenforceable against the