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Delay in Youth Court Proceedings: R v K.J.M. 2019 SCC 55

  • November 20, 2019
  • Brock Jones

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Jordan framework for assessing whether or not an accused person has been tried within a reasonable time applies to young persons.

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Ontario Ombudsman and the CYFSA

  • October 18, 2019
  • Jean-Frédéric Hübsch

This article explains the role of the Ontario Ombudsman with respect to service providers who operate under the CYFSA.

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Case Comment: Jordan’s Principle and First Nations Children

  • September 30, 2019
  • Marvin M. Bernstein, B.A., J.D., LL.M.(ADR)

In a landmark decision (First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada et al. v. Attorney General of Canada (Representing the Minister of Indigenous and Norther Affairs Canada et al.), 2019 CHRT 39, released on September 6, 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ordered the federal government to pay $40,000 for every First Nations child unnecessarily removed from family members on reserve and in the Yukon on or after January 1st, 2006.

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Top Child and Youth Law Stories from 2018

  • March 30, 2019
  • Shmuel Stern

There were a large number of Child and Youth Law court decisions and news stories in 2018. We’ve compiled this list to highlight the growing recognition of the many legal issues directly affecting children and the list for 2019 is already well along its way.

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  • January 17, 2019
  • Rebecca Bromwich

Considering Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, youth justice, and the rights of the child.

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These Feet Were Meant for Voting: The Mature Minor in Health Law and Family Law

  • January 16, 2019
  • Shmuel Stern

One of the most frequent questions a family lawyer is asked is “at what age can my child choose to live with me?” Shmuel Stern explores what it means to be a “mature minor” in health law, and as a family lawyer, compares how health law and family law treat older children’s views and preferences.

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Text Messages, Conspiracy and Murder: R v SB1, 2018 ONCA 807

  • October 18, 2018
  • Brock Jones, assistant Crown attorney

An exploration of a case that serves as a helpful reminder of both the value of digital evidence and how to interpret it, but also how the law of post-offence conduct continues to evolve alongside the technologies that seem to dominate the lives of young people.

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C&Y Retweets

  • January 09, 2018
  • Shmuel Stern

A compilation of recent child law articles from established Canadian news sources.

CBA Rolls Out Child Rights Toolkit

  • July 05, 2017

The CBA has launched an online toolkit packed with information and resources to help lawyers, judges and other professionals make better decisions for children.

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