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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

If Your Child is in Trouble with the Law

This fact sheet contains general information for parents and guardians of children who are in trouble with the law. It looks at the role of parents and guardians, how they can help, what they should avoid doing, and the importance of getting legal advice.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

Youth Criminal Law

This website is for young people accused of committing a crime. It has information about Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act and resources for people in Ontario. Topics include talking to the police, hiring a lawyer, steps in a youth case, court orders, youth records, getting a job with a youth record, and travelling with a youth record.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

Break and Enter

This blog post on the Justice for Children and Youth website outlines what happens when a group of 18 year old boys commit a break and enter or burglary. The post explains how this offence is covered by the Criminal Code of Canada as well as what sort of evidence a charge might be based on.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Centre for Youth Crime Prevention

This website looks at topics of interest to young people, and gives definitions, describes impacts, and suggests how people can respond if they are affected by situations such as Bullying, Dating Violence, Distracted Driving, Drugs and Alcohol, Family Violence, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Consequences of Loitering

This post on the Justice for Children and Youth blog looks at what can happen when a 14-year-old boy is escorted home by security guards and accused of loitering late at night while his mother is at work.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Drugs at school: Expulsions and other legal issues in Ontario

Justice for Children and Youth has produced a video discussing what can happen to young people if they are found with controlled substances on school property.

Available in:

English

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Evidence in the Criminal Law

This post on the Justice for Children and Youth blog looks at the law of evidence and the rules that control the proof of facts in legal proceedings. It describes three different forms of evidence including “real evidence,” “documentary evidence,” and “testimonial evidence,” also known as oral evidence.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Facebook & the Law…

This blog post on the Justice for Children and Youth website outlines some of the possible consequences of posting too much of your information on social media.

Available in:

English

Produced/Updated In:

2013

Shoplifting Demand Letters

Justice for Children and Youth lawyers answer some of the most FAQ regarding “demand letters”: letters demanding money that are sent to you or your parents after you were caught shoplifting. Questions include: Do you have to pay? Will they take you to court if you don’t pay?

Available in:

English

Format:

Video

Produced/Updated In:

2013