Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA)

The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is the federal law about the youth criminal justice system. The purpose of the act is to protect the public by:

  • Holding youth accountable through measures that are proportionate to the seriousness of the offence and the level of responsibility of the youth
  • Rehabilitating youth and helping them back into society so they become law-abiding members of the community, and
  • Preventing crime by referring youth to programs and services to address circumstances that lead to offending behaviour

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More Information

For more information, please visit: Youth Criminal Justice Act on the Canadian Legal Information Institute website. The following identifies some of the main sections of the act:

  • Part 1: Extrajudicial Measures
  • Part 2: Organization of Youth Criminal Justice System
  • Part 3: Judicial Measures
  • Part 4: Sentencing
  • Part 5: Custody and Supervision
  • Part 6: Publication, Records and Information
  • Part 7: General Provisions
  • Part 8: Transitional Provisions