goldglass, Sickinger

York Region Criminal Lawyers

barristers Practicing in Association

Youth CRIMINAL  Justice ACT


Definition of youth
The 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 (Section 2 of the YCJA).

Youth aged 12 to 17 may be sentenced as adults under certain conditions, as described later on in the act. 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."

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