The approach taken by the YCJA is explained in the “Preamble” and a “Declaration of Principle.” You should know about this approach because it will affect how you are treated by the police, the Youth Justice Court, and others involved in the system set up by the YCJA. The content of the Preamble includes statements […]
The YCJA applies to all young persons who are 12 to 17 years old at the time they are said to have broken a federal law. The YCJA does not apply to offences covered under the laws of your provinces.
Although the YCJA will not apply to you if you are under 12, you must remember that there may be consequences for illegal behaviour. For example, if you have stolen from a store you may not be allowed to go there in the future. Also, although you will not be held criminally responsible, there are […]
No. The system only applies to laws passed by the federal government. The most important of these are the criminal and drug laws.
These are examples of offences that are covered by provincial laws not federal laws. Each province will make sure there are still consequences for young people who commit these offences, but they will not be handled under the YCJA.
The YCJA does not apply to truancy (absence from school without a good reason), unless you break a probation or bail order that has a condition that you must attend school.
No. If you are under the legal age for leaving school, most provinces will have some consequences for your truancy. For example, you may have to see a counsellor and you might be taken to court under provincial law.