July 9, 2020
The reality is that the law treats certain groups one way, and other groups in another way, and this is a central tenant of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA): treat children one way, youth another, and adults another.
May 4, 2020
If a youth is charged with a criminal offence in Canada, the offence would be one found in the Criminal Code. In other words, the offences youth can be charged with are the same as the offences adults can be charged with. The difference is that the procedures to some extent and the sentences to a great extent, will be different for youths. The rules that govern how the criminal justice system handles youths who have been charged with a criminal offence are found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).
August 1, 2019
You may be a concerned parent doing some on-line research about the legalization of cannabis to get ahead of potential issues arising from this or you may have a child that is already facing cannabis related charges.
April 8, 2019
Young people under the YCJA have choices that are not available to adults. It is even more important that they have the very best legal advice and support.
November 27, 2018
SEXUAL ASSAULT: WHAT DOES AGE HAVE TO DO WITH IT AND HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUNG ADULTS AND YOUNG PERSONS?
Lack of consent forms the heart of any sexual assault case and the Criminal Code sets out the ages below which the alleged victim is deemed to be not consenting to the sexual activity.
October 30, 2018
Aitken Robertson realizes there is a gap between what Legal Aid covers and what is affordable for most families. We are going to provide legal services to those charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act but only those who are in Oshawa Court. This program will be limited to only a few files (5) a month, but is our way of giving back to the community.
September 4, 2018
As a parent you play an extremely important role throughout the progress of your child’s legal matter, but as it is succinctly put on the Government of Canada’s website: “Do not try to fix the problem yourself.”
July 31, 2018
On April 13, 2018, the State of Massachusetts passed a bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 7 years old to 12. That’s right: the age of criminal responsibility had been 7 years old – essentially a child in Grade 2. The good news is that the new age there is now 12 years which is the same as the age in Canada.
July 30, 2018
Late last month, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) denied the petition of Brendan Dassey; the once juvenile defendant whose case was popularized by the acclaimed Netflix series Making a Murderer.