Having over a decade of experience dealing with many types of offences, Aswani Datt has the understanding behind youth court and young offender criminal charges.
On February 4, 2002, the House of Commons passed Bill C-7, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). The new law replaces the Young Offenders Act (YOA), and is in force as of April 1, 2003, following a period of preparation for its implementation. The YCJA builds on the strengths of the YOA and introduces significant reforms that address its weaknesses. Some of these changes include:
In June 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled “since no basis can be found in the Youth Criminal Justice Act for imposing a harsher sanction than would otherwise be called for to deter others from committing crimes, general deterrence is not a principle of youth sentence under the new regime."
The Parental Responsiblity Act came into effect on August 15, 2000 and applies to crimes of youth in the Province of Ontario. Damages can be claimed in the Small Claims Court or the Superior Court of Justice depending on the amount being claimed. Under this Act, victims of crimes by persons under the age of 18 can claim damages against the parents in civil court.
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