Statistics Canada Definitions, (May 13, 2009), retrieved July 24, 2009. Section 65 of the Act states that if the Attorney General gives notice to the court at any stage of the proceedings that the young offender, who is alleged to have committed a "presumptive offence" (as mentioned above) that an adult sentence would not be sought, the court shall order that the young individual is not liable to an adult sentence; the youth would immediately be tried in youth court and a youth sentence would be imposed. July 26, 2009. Section 59: Review of Non-Custodial Youth Sentences It was formed on the basis that youth under the Young Offenders Act were receiving longer sentences than adults for the same offences. [119] The order to provide personal service to the victim can be assigned for any number of hours but is limited up to 240 hours. Retrieved July 26, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2009 from. C.D." The rights expressed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms apply to youths and adults. "YCJA Explained". If the youth does not have a lawyer present at the first court date, the judge must inform the youth of their right of counsel. [43] Included at various stages of the judicial process, the Statement, ensures that the young person remains alert to their rights, to the continued availability of counsel and to their options for counsel (i.e., Legal Aid). "Supreme Court of Canada – Decisions – R. v. Retrieved July 21, 2009. The Act requires that the personal circumstances of the young person be considered before ordering a sentence. The Act reveals that a review, "can be issued at any time after six months of the initial youth sentence or, with leave of a youth justice court judge"[157] (56). Department of Justice. [50] The youth justice court or review board is required as a legal implication to advise the young person of their right to counsel. The Act includes four general principles found in section 3(1). Youth Criminal Justice Act. Sentencing option 42(2) under the Act is to reprimand the young person. [53] Therefore, young people are represented by permanent salaried legal aid lawyers or, as per the specified choice, by a private lawyer who accepts the legal aid mandate payable according to the pre-established rates. Department of Justice Canada. (2) "If any of 39(1)(a) to (c) apply, a youth justice court shall not impose a custodial sentence under section 42 unless the court has considered all alternatives to custody raised at the sentencing hearing that are reasonable in the circumstances, and determined that there is not a reasonable alternative, or combination of alternatives, that is in accordance with the purpose and principles set out in section 38.[82]. More specifically, subsection (a) sets the basic principle that the YCJA attempts to address underlying behaviour, such as pre-existing conditions or circumstances that would lead to an offending behaviour. Retrieved July 23, 2008. Formerly termed as alternative measures under the Young Offenders Act[20] extrajudicial sanctions are important for they are a good alternative option to the formal court process for the young person. [74] One of the new provisions of the Act is to limit the use of pre-trial detention and to promote alternatives to incarceration. [citation needed], Section 110 of the Act outlines privacy in relation to the identity of young offenders, access to their criminal records, and disclosure of their personal or trial information. "Youth Sentencing Options" Department of Justice Canada, Retrieved August 14, 2009. "Effect of absolute discharge or termination of youth sentence", Retrieved July 25, 2009. Department of Justice Canada. Youth Criminal Justice Law. (1999). 46(3). Youth Criminal Justice Act. Police intervention. The most frequently used report for sentencing hearings is the pre-sentence report which is outlined in section 40. Department of Justice Canada. Peterson-Badali, M., Abramovitch, R., Koegl, C.J., & Ruck, M.D. "Youth Sentencing Options" Department of Justice Canada, Retrieved July 24, 2009. Crown seeks conditional discharge for six Nova Scotia teens in naked photo ring . The Youth Criminal Justice Act, which was proclaimed in force on 1 April 2003, replaces the Young Offenders Act. The order will be for six months or less and must be considered a just sanction that has meaningful consequences and will promote the young offender's rehabilitation and reintegration into society and contribute to the long-term protection of the public. Sentencing Principles (Subsection 38(2))" Department of Justice Canada, Retrieved July 25, 2009. "Youth Sentencing options". 2008. "Programs and Services: Youth Justice Committees – Becoming Involved." [131], A Pilot attendance centre program in Ontario has reported considerable success and was well received by Ontario youth court judges. This act was posted in Bill C-3 under Clause 64. 2008. 2007. "Moving Forward: Pocket Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act Canada". Hogaveen, B. Canadian Legal Information Institute. Department of Justice Canada.2008. Bala, Nicolas. Changes in Custody Following the Enactment Of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. If the youth agrees, the police can also refer the youth to a program under section 7 of the Act. Canada: Department of Justice. (December 13, 2008). 39. Under Section 5 of the Act, objectives of these measures are to: These objectives are specially designed so that a wide range of diversionary options are available to achieve an array of objectives and it is important to take into consideration many factors when deciding on a fair response to the offence. "CanLII: Quebec: Court of Appeal". A youth record is any document that connects a youth to a criminal case under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The judge may also (as a condition of probation) require the young person to attend community programs. The Act states that all custodial sentences must have a mandatory period of supervision in the community. Each committee is a group of trained volunteers from the local community. Department of Justice Canada. [117] Under 42 (2) (h), an order may be made under section 42 (2) (g) where the young offender is to monetarily compensate the purchaser of a stolen property since the stolen property had to be returned to the owner, or section 42 (2) (e) where the young offender is to monetarily compensate the victim for personal injury or property that was damaged. [51] A specific difference in comparison to adult courts is the fact that it prohibits criminal proceedings against a youth without the consent of the Attorney General. The Act governs the application of criminal and correctional law to those 12 years old or older, but younger than 18 at the time of committing the offence (Section 2 of the YCJA). "Factors influencing police attitudes toward extrajudicial measures under the Youth Criminal Justice Act". Victims right advocate Jack McLaughlin said “The (YCJA) promotes violence and promotes dishonesty among young people because it’s a shield for them against the justice system,” McLaughlin said. Toronto: Pearson Education Canada. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2002. [137] Offences other than for which an adult would receive life imprisonment are subject to a two-year maximum for the young offender. In some jurisdictions, it is expected that police cautions will be in the form of a letter from the police to the young person and the parents, or they may involve a process in which the young person and the parents are requested to appear at a police station to talk to a senior police officer. [144] A deferred custody and supervision order means that the young offender will not go into custody but will serve their sentence under supervision in the community with a set of strict conditions. Department of Justice Canada. A set of amendments to the YCJA was adopted by Parliament in 2012. [119] The hours of service ordered can be completed within one year from the date which the sentencing option was ordered; however the YJC may allow an extension of time to fully complete the sentence, on application of the young offender. It deals with individuals under 18, and those who are at least 12. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 46(3):231–250. 2003. Retrieved July 22, 2009. Department of Justice Canada, Retrieved July 26, 2009. Canada: Department of Justice, Retrieved July 16, 2009. Retrieved July 22, 2009, from Department of Justice Canada. 2009. 1 - Short Title; 2 - Interpretation; 3 - Declaration of Principle; 4 - PART 1 - Extrajudicial Measures. Preamble. Retrieved July 24, 2009, from Department Justice of Canada, Department of Justice Canada. Youth Criminal Justice Act. This type of sentencing is a non custodial sentencing option which is the goal of the Youth Criminal Justice act to not rely on the over use of incarceration for non violent youths. Encourage young persons to acknowledge and repair the harm caused to the victim/community. "Youth Criminal Justice Act Handbook" Criminal Justice Education. Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan. When the youth is sentenced to probation he or she is subject to certain conditions that may be imposed by the judge[153] Under Section 55 (2) (g) the young offender may be told to "reside at a place that the provincial director may specify"[154] This condition follows 2 other requirements that the young offender also needs to obey by a) keep the peace and be of good behaviour; and b) appear by the youth justice court when required by the court to do so[155] this stated in Section 55 (1). Our Opinion on The Youth Criminal Justice Act Our opinion on the Youth Criminal Justice Act is that it needs to be harsher on youths and punish them harder. In C.D / C.D.K., the Court ruled that 'violent crime' as defined in s.39 of the Act did not include arson; the offender was thereby entitled to a more lenient disposition. [13] If they comply satisfactorily with the sanction the charge can be dismissed. Youth Justice Act BILL NO. December 13, 2008. Offences for which an adult would receive life imprisonment, except murder, are subject to a three-year maximum for the young offender. Retrieved July 24, 2009. The court can make this order in specific circumstances:[168], Section 137 of the Act outlines the definitions and consequences of failing to comply with a sentence or disposition, in other words, a breach of probation. Sentencing Options Table, YCJA,Section 42. The Youth Criminal Justice Act: The New Face of Canada's Youth Criminal Justice System. 2008. Toronto: Irwin Law, p318. Government of Alberta. Youth Justice Renewal Canada: Department of Justice. Young People's Experience of the Canadian Youth Justice System: Interacting with Police and Legal Counsel. "Youth Criminal Justice Law". Department of Justice Canada. S.C. 2002, c. 1. Under this Act, the publication ban would be in effect, in accordance with Section 110 which states that no one shall publish the name or any information related to the young person if it would identify the individual. Department of Justice Canada. Youth justice system in England and Wales comprises the organs and processes that are used to prosecute, convict and punish persons under 18 years of age who commit criminal offences. "The Youth Criminal Justice Act Canada: Department of Justice Canada. "The Operation of the Youth Criminal Justice System." Barnhorst, Richard. Breaking the publication ban is a criminal offence. 1999. [128][130], The overall goal of attendance programs is to supervise young persons at times when they may be more prone to commit crimes, such as when left unattended by parents. 2008. All rights reserved. [132], This measure may only occur if and attendance order program is available in the province. In terms of the JDA, more focus was placed on a youth being viewed as a misguided individual who required guidance from the courts. Law and Government Division. The intent of this sentencing option is to provide more support than probation[128] and is often used to promote the use of community-based and rehabilitation sentences. The privacy protections in the YCJAalso ban the identification of young victims or witnesses of crimes alleged to have been committed by youth. [90], Other considerations during this sentence include:[90], Under sentencing principle (3) (a) of the Act, the sentencing of a youth's punishment should not by any means be harsher or surpass that of the punishment for an adult who has been found guilty of committing the same crime as the youth[91] The reason for this sentencing principle was to eliminate discrepancies that were prevalent in the Young Offenders Act. Youth Criminal Justice Law. The order will include both strict mandatory and optional conditions that the judge deems appropriate and which fall under subsection 105(2) and 105(3). 2008. Previous Versions, Full Document: Youth Criminal Justice Act, Organization of Youth Criminal Justice System, Certain Offences — Review of Charges by Attorney General, Application for Release from or Detention in Custody, Disposition or Destruction of Records and Prohibition on Use and Disclosure, Consequential Amendments, Repeal and Coming into Force, Provincial Court of British Columbia Criminal Caseflow Management Rules, French Constitutional Drafting Committee (1990), Statutes Repeal Act: Reports, Deferrals and Repeals, Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Program, Typographical and Grammatical Corrections, Table of Public Statutes and Responsible Ministers, Consolidated Index of Statutory Instruments. [20] Further, although it appears that the charge has "gone away", if the youth reoffends the sanction can be brought up at the next hearing. Retrieved July 27, 2009. [134], If a condition laid out by the judge or other officials is broken, or not met appropriately while under supervision in the community, reviews are held which determine whether the young offender's conditions should be changed or if he or she should be sent back into custody. The purpose is to provide extensive opportunity for legal advocacy and advice prior to and during the court process. [129], This option encourages the rehabilitation of the youth and should target the specific needs or problems that seem to have contributed to their illegal behaviour. [84] The reason for said sections within the Act is to reduce the use of custody as a sentencing option, and consequently the number of youth in custody, and to ensure that the most intrusive response to youth offending is only used in serious cases. Irwin Law. [1], Subsection (b) incorporates a recognition that young people need to be held accountable for their crimes, and have a greater opportunity to be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society. 2008. Pp 85–109 in. The Act allows the public and media to attend the trials of the youths and proceedings may be reported, but the identity of the youth can only be disclosed under special circumstances. "The Youth Criminal Justice Act: Summary and Background." Retrieved July 25, 2009. The judge ultimately decides whether a report is necessary, though the crown may request the report and the defence counsel may argue against the issuing of a pre-sentence report. S.C. 2002, c. 1. [92] He received a light sentence of six months of deferred custody due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Retrieved July 22, 2009. Youth records include all the information kept in police, court, government or non-government agency records about an individual’s involvement with the youth criminal justice system. [45], Every accused person in Canada has the right to be informed of their rights and what they are being charged of, according to the legal rights of the Arrest and Detention section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Department of Justice. Title: Youth Criminal Justice Act 1 Youth Criminal Justice Act Chapter 11 2 Youth Criminal Justice Act Goals. 2005. if the identifying information is necessary for the capture of a young offender; or if the young offender requests for their name to be published. Department of Justice Canada. [53], Subsection 25(10) of the Act permits provinces to establish a program for the recovery of costs of a young person's counsel from the young person or the parents of that young person. Department of Justice Canada.2008. The counsel to represent the young individual is to be appointed by the Attorney General according to the section 25(5) of the Youth Justice Act. It will also encourage your parents to come to court with you. [2008 SCC 25]. [140], Section 42(2) (o) also asserts the ability of the court to decide the duration of conditional supervision. Thomas, J. Retrieved July 22, 2009. Department of Justice Canada. In over a century of youth justice legislation in Canada, there have been three youth justice statutes: the Juvenile Delinquents Act (1908-1984), the Young Offenders Act (YOA) (1984-2003), and the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) (2003-present). "Youth Court Statistics" Canada: Centre for Justice Statistics. Retrieved July 27, 2009, from Department of Justice. Retrieved July 22, 2009, "Youth Criminal Justice Act: Scope and Principle", "Legislative Summaries (2007/12/13). [103] Under section 42(2)(b) a young person, when guilt is found, may be discharged absolutely. Minacker, Joanne C. and Bryan Hogeveen. 2008. They are to be read as designating both males and females. Barnhorst, Richard. [76] Not only was the use of pre-trial detention high, it also varied widely across the provinces. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Retrieved July 21, 2009. Brodie, Scott. "Youth Criminal Justice Act: Right to Counsel Section 25(7)". Peterson-Badali, M., Care, S., & Broeking, J. 1948 Criminal Justice Act abolishes committal to adult prisons for children under 17, but allows other types of custody. Trahan, Dominique. View whole Act Subordinate legislation Turn history notes on Legislative history Search Act ... Minister: Minister for Children and Youth Justice and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Agency: Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. 2008. In terms of adult proceedings, it is possible for members of the public to commence proceedings without the authorization of police and the Crown Attorney; however, that is not the case with youth. [29], The Act in Section 25(1) gives a youth the right to retain and instruct counsel without delay,[31] which was amended by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Youth Criminal Justice Act." [42] Despite the fact that section 25(7) does not specify specific requirements for the ideal suitable adult, this tends to be assessed on a case by case basis to the specific needs of the young person. Presumptive offences were found to be unconstitutional and are no longer included in the Act. [11] If a warning, caution, or referral is not appropriate, an extrajudicial sanction may be considered as well. [s.3, s.38 YCJA], In cases of very serious crime such as murder, the Act makes provision for the imposition of an adult sentence upon the youthful offender. The Act creates a separate criminal justice system for young persons and thus they do not fall under the … [65], Disclosure ("the communication of information other than by way of publication"[68] of youth information is banned under the Act. They are usually used for minor crimes. YCJA Youth Sentencing. Bala, N. 2003. Allowing more time for completion of the sentence. Crown cautions are similar to police cautions but prosecutors give the caution after the police refer the case to them. "Sentencing Options Table, YCJA, Section 42". Also, the judges must take into account any rehabilitative concerns that would alter the nature and reduce the severity of the sentence by mitigating factors. "The Youth Criminal Justice Act: New Directions and Implementation Issues" Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice 46(3)231–250. "Youth Court Statistics" Canada: Centre for Justice Statistics. Department of Justice Canada.2008. [75] Under the Youth Offenders Act, pre-trial detention was on the rise and Canada, out of the western countries, had one of the highest youth incarceration rates. [145] If these conditions are not followed, then the conditions may be changed and the young person may be ordered to serve the balance of the sentence in custody. "Non-custodial Sentencing Options." ; [2005] a youth plead guilty to arson, breach of a recognisance, and the possession of a weapon. [115], Sentencing Options 42 (2)(e) 2008. This is very low by European standards: in Italy, for example, the age is 15, while in Germany it is 14. [133] The rationale behind the community supervision order is to provide support and supervision for the young offender's transition from custody back into their community. Retrieved July 22, 2009. Department of Justice Canada. Bala, Nicholas. 2008. Sentencing Option 42 (2)(b) [134], When a judge sentences a young offender to a custody and supervision order under Section 42(2) (n) of the Act, it means that the young offender must serve time in custody, followed by a period of supervision in the community. However, the compensation must not conflict with the young offender's regular schedule of education and work. (2006), in which a fourteen-year-old boy was pleaded guilty of trafficking and was appealing his sentence for drug charges. [109] However, if the young person fails to abide by the conditions of probation, the offender can be convicted of the original offence and be sentenced.[110]. The ban can be lifted only under exceptional circumstances, including: Youth criminal records cannot be viewed by anyone other than criminal justice officials (e.g. [18] Extrajudicial sanctions examples include restitution or compensation, service to the victim or community, attendance and participating in counselling and treatment programs, etc.[19]. Youth aged 14 to 17 may be sentenced as adults under certain conditions, as described later on in the Act. [92] Appeals against this case, state that the youth has committed an indictable offence for which an adult would be imprisoned for a period of two or more years. f. Any other task assigned by The Attorney General of Canada or a provincial minister, Operating under the paradigm of restorative justice,[29] YJCs aim to "strike the right balance between accountability and community intervention"[30] YJCs are used extensively in Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick. Department of Justice Canada.2008. Changes in Custody Following the Enactment Of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Part 3- Judicial Measures ss. Rock, Nora. Bal, Carrington and Roberts. "A Look at the Law." The sentencing judge will also endeavour to impose a sentence that encourages the youth to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions. [169], Differences in breach of probation in the Youth Criminal Justice Act versus Youth Offenders Act, The Young Offenders Act raised concern that too many young people were being incarcerated for offences not directly harming the community, but for failure to comply with the terms of probation. Second Edition: British Columbia. [147], Sentencing Options 42(2)(q) The aim is to protect the youth's right to counsel in all stages of the youth justice process and ensure the individual understands the justice process. Youth, Crime, and Society. [43] It must also be included with other notifications of legal proceedings such as custody continuations, conditional supervision, decision reviews and all youth justice court reviews. "Youth Sentencing Options" Department of Justice Canada, Retrieved July 25, 2009. How serious was the offence, the offender's level of participation and their intention, the harm done to the victim and the previous findings of the guilt are taken in account by the court to determine the sentencing of the offence. 2008. Quebec (Minister of Justice) v. Canada (Minister of Justice), 2003 CanLII 52182 (QC C.A.).2003. A committee's activity largely depends on volunteer efforts from its community. "Review of Youth Sentences Not Involving Custody, YCJA, Section 59". "A Look at the Law." [143], Sentencing Options 42(2)(p) 2008. Bala, N. (2007). 2008. [83] Specifically section 39 (2) prohibits the court from imposing custody unless all alternatives have been considered. 104). [6] It outlines the parameters within which the measures taken against a youth offender are set: Subsection (d) describes the special considerations for criminal proceedings against young persons. Extrajudicial sanctions can only be used if: Extrajudicial sanctions cannot be used if: Section 18(1)[28] of the Youth Justice Committees (YJCs) help in the administering of the Act by devolving power to the community. 2007. Youths who are 12 or 13 at the time of the offense may be sentenced in the same way, only for the following: first degree or second degree murder or manslaughter. Tustin, L. & Lutes, R. (2005). Includes specific principles to guide the use of extrajudicial measures, the imposition of a sentence and custody. "The Youth Criminal Justice Act: Section 72." Retrieved July 25, 2009. "Department of Justice-legal rights", Retrieved July 22, 2009. (2) When a youth justice court finds a young person guilty of an offence and is imposing a youth sentence, the court shall, subject to this section, impose any one of the following sanctions or any number of them that are not inconsistent with each other and, if the offence is first degree murder or second degree murder within the meaning of section 231 of the Criminal Code, the court shall impose … Retrieved July 27, 2009, from Department of Justice. See coming into force provision and notes, where applicable. Youth, Crime and Society – Issues of Power and Justice . John Howard Society of Canada. [86] Custodial sentences are reserved for very serious offences (e.g., murder, manslaughter). Markham: LexisNexis Canada. 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