Young offenders

A young person aged 12 to 17 who commits a crime may be called a young offender. They appear in a special court called a Youth Court. The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) sets out what can happen to youth who commit offences. The YCJA realizes that:

The YCJA takes victims' interests and needs into account and recognizes their role at different stages of the youth justice process. Victims must be:

Victims can ask for information in police and court records.

The harm done to victims must be considered by the Court at the sentencing of a young person.

Learn more about the YCJA and Canada's youth justice system.