Youth Court

If you are between the age of 12 and 17 (inclusive) you must obey the same criminal and provincial laws as adults. If you have been in contact with the police or want to know about procedures in Youth Justice Court and rights and responsibilities of young people this website will give you general information and answer some of your questions.

Youth Justice Courts enforce rules against young people. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (Federal) and the Youth Justice Act (Provincial) contain rules and procedures that apply to young people charged with an offence(s). Most criminal offences that young persons are charged with are listed in the Criminal Code. As well, young persons are required to obey rules found in the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act, Gaming and Liquor Act, Traffic Safety Act, municipal by-laws, etc.

One of the principles in the Youth Criminal Justice Act is that while a young person should not be treated the same as an adult when they commit a crime, they must be held accountable for their actions; the sentence they receive must be meaningful taking into account their needs, level of development and special requirements like gender, cultural and language differences.