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Has your child been charged with a crime?

This resource offers basic information about what a parent can expect if a child under the age of 18 is charged with a crime.

Available in:

English, Français, Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Justice Ontario

The Justice Ontario website has information on topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, human rights, and wills and estates. A toll-free number gives access to legal information in over 170 languages.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

NewYouth.ca

Designed for young newcomers, this website provides settlement-related information. It is intended to give young newcomers a place to ask questions and receive information and referrals online from peers and professionals. NewYouth.ca can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@newcomeryouth), and YouTube (newcomeryouth).

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

CBA Child Rights Toolkit

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit has been developed to improve children’s access to justice in Canada. It is for professionals working in legal and administrative decision-making who want to implement a child-rights based approach in practice and strengthen their advocacy for children. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

New changes to policing: Fact sheet on when and how a street check (also known as carding) can be done

Starting January 1, 2017, in certain circumstances, police must follow new rules about when and how they can ask someone to identify themselves. This fact sheet covers when the new rules apply and don’t apply, what an officer must do if they ask you for ID in a situation when the rules apply, and exceptions.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

New changes to policing: When and how a street check (also known as carding) can be done

Starting January 1, 2017, in certain circumstances, police must follow new rules about when and how they can ask someone to identify themselves. This resource covers when the new rules apply, the rules and what they mean for you, exceptions, managing data, and training. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Street Law Smarts

Street Law Smarts fact sheets are intended to assist staff working at agencies serving street youth to help young people with their legal problems. Fact sheet topics include Where to Get Legal Help, Evidence Tips, Leaving Home, Ontario Works & ODSP, Shelters, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Navigating the Canadian Criminal Justice System: A Guide for Victims

This guide looks at the criminal justice system through questions that crime victims raised based on their experiences. It describes what happens when someone becomes a victim of crime, police procedures, trial, decision, sentencing, appeals, the prison system, parole, dealing with the media, victim services, legal aid, youth criminal justice, and restorative justice.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Restorative Justice: A Guide for Young People

Using stories, art, and poetry created by kids, this booklet defines restorative justice, then looks at how it is used in the criminal justice system and in the community. Included are activity pages for young people. This publication was produced by organizations in Northern Ireland, so some of the situations described, and the contacts, are relevant only to Northern Ireland. 

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016

Youth Criminal Justice Act

This section of the Justice for Children and Youth explains the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) by examining these topics:

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016