What are Extrajudicial Measures?

They are measures that are designed to hold you responsible for having done something wrong without creating a youth “criminal” record. There are a number of different options as outlined below.

What can happen to me instead of being charged?

Before charging you a police officer must consider whether it would be appropriate in the situation to give you a warning or a caution (some places may have special caution programs), or if you agree send you to a community program that will help you to stop committing offences.  

What would make a warning, caution or referral appropriate?

If the warning, caution or referral would be a good way of holding you responsible for what you have done wrong; if dealing with the problem right away would be better than the long court process for getting you to change your behaviour; if you are able to repair any harm you’ve done through a […]

What are Extrajudicial Sanctions?

A sanction is a consequence or a punishment. An extrajudicial sanction means that you will get some punishment for your actions, but you will not go through the court system. You will not be punished by a judge. If you have already been charged by the police you may have to appear in court once. […]

When might I get an extrajudicial sanction?

You can get an extrajudicial sanction only if: there is a program where you live; the police or the crown attorney thinks that the program is the right thing for you and for the interests of the community; you are told all about the program and you freely agree to participate; you have been given […]

When would I NOT get an extrajudicial sanction?

An extrajudicial sanction cannot be used if: you deny being involved in the offence; you want to have a trial in court; or you are not admitted into the program. In these situations, your case will remain in the court system.