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 Are Extrajudicial Measures and Sanctions?

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (“YCJA”) says it is better to deal with less serious offenses outside the court system. This is often the most appropriate and effective way to address non-violent youth crime. Extrajudicial Measures: are designed to hold young people responsible for wrongful behaviour without formally charging a youth with a criminal offence. The police can give…

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…

New video: Drugs at School – Expulsions and other legal issues

Check out our new YouTube video on legal issues that can arise when students are caught with drugs at school.  This can lead to charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, as well as a possible suspension and/or expulsion from school. For more on the making of this video, check out this past blog post…

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…

House Party Gone Wrong…

Bianca’s parents are going out of town this weekend and with a bit of convincing from her friend Hailey she decides that she should throw a party Saturday night. Hailey even promises that she can get the alcohol for the party; she assures Bianca that her older sister will make an LCBO trip for them…

What is Conditional Supervision? What Happens if you Breach it?

Section 105 of the Youth Criminal Justice Act outlines the terms of conditional supervision.  Conditional supervision occurs when a young person has been sentenced for a particular offence and serves their sentence in the community, instead of in custody. Conditional supervision can also occur when a young person has completed part of their sentence in custody…