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Toronto Youth Court at 311 Jarvis Street to...

311 Jarvis Street in Toronto is the specified youth court. Sixty year ago specified courts were established to address youth criminal matters. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) governs the application of criminal and correctional law to those 12 years old or older, but younger than 18 at the time of committing the offence Youth aged 12 to 17 may be sentenced as adults under certain circumstances. The Criminal Code, section 13, states “No person shall be convicted of an offence in respect of an act or omission on his or her part while that person was under the age of twelve years.” The decision to have a separate jurisdiction for youth matter was an acknowledgment that youth facing criminal charges have separate needs, are more vulnerable than adults and should be afforded leniency whenever possible. The basic principles and intentions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act  in…

3 May 2018

Problematic Implications of Bill C-46,...

1 May 2018

  The federal government introduced Bill C-46 in July, 2017. This bill is  an Act to amend the Criminal Code and make consequential amendments to other Acts. Bill C-46 is…

Assault by Parents

24 Apr 2018

  Assault is illegal under the Criminal Code of Canada. Assault, as defined in the Code, includes any form of physical punishment parents, teachers or caregivers traditionally use to correct…

What is Jurisdiction?

19 Apr 2018

  The word “jurisdiction” comes from the Latin word ‘juris’ meaning law and ‘dicere’ meaning to speak.  It indicates the authority granted to the courts to deal with and make…

Police “Spy” Tactics

17 Apr 2018

Sgt. Aaron Sidenberg of York Regional Police rides the bus to spot texting drivers.   As of 2012, motor vehicle drivers in Ontario face a hefty…

Opinion Evidence at Trial

12 Apr 2018

 When an individual testifies as a witness their primary job is to testify about facts that are within their knowledge. Generally speaking, the court is not interested in a witness’s…

The Doctrine of Common Intention

10 Apr 2018

An individual may be liable for those offences which he she does not commit as a principle offender but in which he or she plays a part in committing. When…