K.A.B. v Registrar General [Name change for Transgendered Youth]

Court: Ontario Court of Justice, 2013

JFCY represented a 17 year-old transgendered youth who sought to have her name changed. The Change of Name Act in Ontario requires parental consent for a person under the age of 18 who seeks a name change, or the young person can make an application to the court who can then authoritize the name change…

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R v ZW [Access to YCJA Pre-Sentence Report]

Court: Ontario Court of Justice, 2016

JFCY acted as amicus curiae to the Ontario Court of Justice where the applicant was a plaintiff in a negligence action before another court. Terrace Youth Residential Services and ZW, a young person under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), were named as co-defendants in the action. The YCJA has strict privacy protections for young…

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Canada v Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care et al [Appeal, Refugee Health Care]

Court: Federal Court of Appeal, 2015

The hearing originally scheduled for Oct 26 – 27, 2015 was adjourned following the elections; and the appeal by the government was subsequently withdrawn. In June 2012, the Federal government made cuts to healthcare insurance provided to refugee claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). The Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC), the Canadian…

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Canada v Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care et al [Refugee Health Care – Stay Pending Appeal]

Court: Federal Court of Appeal, 2014

In June 2012, the Federal government made cuts to healthcare insurance provided to refugee claimants under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). The Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care (CDRC), the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) and Justice for Children and Youth (JFCY) filed an application for judicial review of these cuts, along with two…

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Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care et al v Canada [Refugee Health Care]

Court: Federal Court of Canada, 2014

JFCY was a public interest applicant to a court challenge to the 2012 cuts in Refugee Healthcare by the Government of Canada. The other public interest applicants were the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, The Canada Refugee Lawyers Association and there were two indivually affected applicants. Summary prepared by the Federal Court of Canada: This…

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Ashley Smith Inquest

Court: Office of the Chief Coroner (Ontario), 2013

The Ashley Smith inquest was an Ontario coroner’s inquest into the death of young offender Ashley Smith, a teenager who died by self-inflicted strangulation on October 19, 2007, while she was in custody and under suicide watch at the Grand Valley Institution for Women. At the inquest, JFCY acted as legal representative for the Empowerment…

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R v RC [DNA samples]

Court: Supreme Court of Canada, 2005

A Nova Scotia court ordered that a young person found guilty of an assault was required to give a DNA sample. The decision was appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice for Children and Youth intervened in this case as a “friend of the court”. Lawyers at Justice for Children and Youth successfully argued that in deciding whether to order DNA from a young person the trial judge must take into account the underlying principles and objectives of the youth criminal justice legislation as well as those in international law.

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