Articles 2021

Aujourdʼhui
Aujourdʼhui

The Impact of Sentencing On Children

  • 02 mars 2017
  • Brock Jones

Should adult criminal courts consider the best interests of an offender's dependent children when making sentencing decisions? Could the application of this principle reduce, or even eliminate, a custodial sentence where one might otherwise be entirely appropriate?

Droit des enfants et des jeunes

Accounting for Pre-sentence Custody Under the YCJA

  • 06 décembre 2016
  • Lauren Warner

Lauren Warner summarizes the recent case of R. v. M.B., 2016 ONCA 760, in which the Ontario Court of Appeal has reminded us that a youth court judge has discretion to determine whether and how much credit to give a youth for pre-sentence custody, especially where considering imposing an adult sentence.

Droit des enfants et des jeunes

Accessing “Mixed” Youth Court Records

  • 21 septembre 2016
  • Brock Jones

Access to the court records of children and young persons who interact with the criminal or civil justice systems is tightly controlled. For example, youth records created for the purposes of a criminal investigation or prosecution are protected by a strict and comprehensive set of provisions found in Part VI of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Droit des enfants et des jeunes
Sexting, Sentencing and the YCJA

Sexting, Sentencing and the YCJA

  • 09 mai 2016
  • Brock Jones

What is an appropriate sentence for a young person found in possession of naked pictures of another teenager? What if he or she has distributed them without consent to their friends? This article explains key distinctions between the YCJA and the Criminal Code.

Droit des enfants et des jeunes

What is "Open" Custody?

  • 22 février 2016
  • Brock Jones

What is the difference between "secure" and "open" custody in youth criminal justice proceedings?

Droit des enfants et des jeunes

Child Refugees and Migrants

  • 02 février 2016
  • Emily Chan

Child Refugees and Migrants: the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Kanthasamy v Canada, 2015 SCC 61

Droit des enfants et des jeunes

A Punch is Still a Punch - Mens rea and young persons

  • 18 janvier 2016
  • Brock Jones

Should courts apply a different standard when assessing the necessary mens rea – or criminal intent – to ground a finding of guilt when the defendant is a young person?

Droit des enfants et des jeunes

Ontario Passes Protecting Child Performers Act

  • 05 août 2015
  • Bob Tarantino

On April 30, 2015, Ontario passed Bill 17, entitled the Protecting Child Performers Act. It comes into force in February 2016. The Act changes in critical ways the obligations of Ontario employers of children in the entertainment industries.

Droit des enfants et des jeunes