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A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2012 Edition

A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2012 Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-433-46900-1
Pages 350
Language English only
Price $60.00
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Written by Lee Tustin, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., and Robert E. Lutes, Q.C.
Published by Butterworths, 2011.

This is an annual publication. The 2012 edition was released June 2011.


A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2012 Edition provides the text of the Act with section-by-section commentary on legal and operational implications, for police officers, youth workers, and anyone who wants to understand how the Act is implemented. A must have for anyone dealing with young persons and who needs to understand how the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is implemented.

This book captures key developments and features an overview of the youth criminal justice system in Canada, a Table of Concordance of the YCJA to the Young Offenders Act, the YCJA procedural flowchart, and other day-to-day checklists for police officers.

A Guide to the Youth Criminal Justice Act features:
  • Updated commentary references relevant cases and highlights reactions to the YCJA from the courts and those who work with the Act – offers expert insight on recent developments
  • Full text of the legislation – allows you to have ready access to the most current legislation
  • Section-by-section commentary – allows you to understand the legal rationale and operational issues of individual provisions
  • YCJA procedural chart – provides step-by-step guidance
  • Table of Concordance on the YCJA and the former Young Offenders Act – allows you to identify what's changed and what has remained the same quickly and easily
  • Forms and Checklists for Police, Crown Prosecutors and Officials – provides a handy checklist of what you can and cannot do on arresting a young person or under arrest
  • Summary of the Nunn Commission of Inquiry – allows you to study the findings of the inquiry released in December 2006, and comprehend its implications
  • Appendices – allow you to navigate the YCJA more easily and quick
  • A detailed table on Provincial Director Responsibilities under the Youth Criminal Justice Act
  • Index.
New to the 2012 edition:
  • Update on latest legislative activities including the introduction of Bill C-4 that purports to promote a "law and order" agenda and increase the public fear of youthful offenders
  • Discussion of recent key cases including:
    • R. v. K.C., [2011] O.J. No. 1478 (Ont. C.A.), where the Court of Appeal confirmed that the designation of "serious violent offence" in s. 42(9) of the YCJA applies to both principles and parties of an offence
    • R. .v K.M. [2011] O.J. No. 1447 (Ont. C.A.), where the court reviewed the constitutionality of taking DNA samples from young persons pursuant to s. 119(6) of the YCJA and s. 487.051 of the Criminal Code
    • J.P. v. Canada (AG) [2010] F.C.J. No. 430 (F.C.A), where the court reviewed parole eligibility under s. 89 of the YCJA and the Corrections and Conditional Release Act for a young person who was over 20
The legislation reproduced in this consolidation is current to the Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 145, No. 20 (May 14, 2011); Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 145, No. 10 (May 11, 2011).

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