Youth Criminal Law
This website is for young people accused of committing a crime. It has information about Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act and resources for people in Ontario. Topics include talking to the police, hiring a lawyer, steps in a youth case, court orders, youth records, getting a job with a youth record, and travelling with a youth record. The website is designed to be viewed on mobile or desktop.
- I was charged with a crime and my parents are paying for a criminal lawyer to help me fight the charges. Since I’m a minor and my parents are paying, can my parents find out what I tell the lawyer?
- I heard from a friend that the police want to talk to me about a house party I went to with my friend. What happens if the police think I've committed a crime?
- My high school hockey team was invited to a championship tournament in the United States. But I have a youth criminal record – can I still go to the tournament?
- I’ve been stopped by police while walking home from my high school. They’ve always let me go in the past, but what if they won’t? Who can I call if the police arrest me or won’t let me go?
- I have a youth record for shoplifting that happened last year. What does it mean that my youth record is open?