YOUTH CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT
Youth Criminal Justice Act does not create any
significantly new offences. For the most part, it simply sets
procedures for dealing with persons under 18 facing Criminal or
Act seeks to address crime by "addressing the circumstances
underlying a young person's offending behaviour," to
"rehabilitate young persons
commit offences and reintegrate them into society" and to
"ensure that a young person
subject to meaningful consequences for his or her behaviour to
promote the long-term
protection of the public."
way, the Act is a rulebook for dealing with young persons; from
investigations, to the laying of charges, through trial
Crown Attorneys and sentencing by the Judge in case of a guilty
verdict, the Act governs the young person's rights.