R v Manitowabi: The Significance – and Limits – of a Diagnosis of FASD for Young Persons Involved in the Criminal Justice System

Guest post by Brock Jones, Crown Counsel [1] The Ontario Court of Appeal released a ground-breaking decision today on the significance of a diagnosis of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (“FASD”) for young persons in criminal. While the Court clearly acknowledged the nature of FASD and its implications for criminal culpability, it also put significant limits…

R v Todorovic: Does The Age Of A Child Matter When Determining If She Was “Detained”?

Guest post by Brock Jones, Crown Counsel On February 27, 2014, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in R v Todorovic, 2014 ONCA 153. The central issue on the conviction appeal was whether Todorovic’s statements to the police on the night of her arrest were properly admissible pursuant to the requirements of section…

What Happens if My Friend Shoplifts?

Camilla’s high school is a ten-minute walk away from a mall so her and her friends usually go there during their lunch period.  In their most recent visit to the mall, Camilla and her friends go into a make up store because they want to buy the newest shade of nail polish.  While most of…

Theft in a Shopping Mall

http://images.clipartof.com/small/76396-Royalty-Free-RF- Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Brunette-Girl-Shoplifting-In-A-Store.jpg Shirley is a 18 year old high school student.  Both her parents work during the day, so they only see her at night. She makes her own breakfast and dinner, and travels to school on her own. She is always studying and receiving good marks for her studies. On her birthday, she wanted…

The Law About Drinking & Driving

Andy and Sam, both grade twelve students, are looking forward to an exciting weekend. Andy’s parents are out of town and have agreed to let him use their car while they’re away. Andy has just passed his G2 driving test and is eager to cruise around town with his friends. One of Andy and Sam’s…

What is the Youth Criminal Justice Act?

For those of you in search of an understanding of what exactly the YCJA is, or what it even stands for, you’ve come to the right place! http://images.clipartof.com/small/226120-Royalty-Free-RF-Clipart-Illustration-Of-A-Handcuffed-Man.jpg Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is the governing code in Canada for youth that came into effect in 2003. It covers the prosecution of your case if you are…

The Law and Youth Novice Drivers in Ontario: Part 3

Being young and driving with a G2 license in Ontario: What the law says This is Part Three of a three-part series on the law around novice driving and graduated licensing in Ontario. To see the scenarios on which this part is based, click here and here. The legal info was written by JFCY.  Image…

The Law and Youth Novice Drivers in Ontario: Part 1

This is Part One of a three-part series on the law around novice driving and graduated licensing in Ontario.  This comic was created by JFCY PLE Team volunteer Tony Young, a grade 12 student at Bayview Secondary School. Since Josh is a novice driver and under the age of 21, he can face legal penalties…