Legal Rights of Youth

Resources

Visit the links below to find more information and activities about the Legal Rights of Youth. You may need to download Adobe Reader  to open PDF documents.

YCJA Part 3: Judicial Measures

Section 25: Right to Counsel

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The following resources are still valuable, but they have not been updated to include the 2012 Safe Streets and Communities Act amendments.

New Directions in Youth Justice

Law 12 - PDF (1239 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Basics for the Students - p. viii
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. x
  • Lesson 1 - p. 1 and 2
  • Lesson 7: Debates About Youth Justice #1 and #2

Social Studies 11 - PDF (1917 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Lesson 1: Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. 2
  • Basics for the Students - p. 4
  • Lesson 2: Pre-Simulation Activities - p.6

"Story of James" Youth at Risk - PDF (1433 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Basics of the Students - p. 5
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. 7

English as a Second Language - PDF (2038 KB)

  • Basics for the Teachers - p. iv
  • Basics for the Students - p. viii
  • Comparison of YCJA with YOA - p. x
  • Crime Quiz: How Much Do You Know? - p. 2-4
  • Unit 2: Underlying Principles of the - YCJA - p. 5
    • Activity 2 - p. 7
    • Activity 3 - p. 8
  • Answer Key - p. 40-41

 On the Road to Justice

 Youth At Risk - PDF (436 KB)

  • Facilitator’s Notes - p. 3
  • Lesson 2: What Rights Do Youth Have? - p. 9-12
  • Police searches - p. 13-18
  • What Should You Know About the YCJA? - p. 19, section 2
  • What Should You Know About the YCJA? - p. 19 and 20, section 1

Grade 6/7 - PDF (377 KB)

  • Facilitator’s Notes - p. 3
  • Lesson 2: What Rights Do Youth Have? - p. 9-12
  • What Should You Know About the YCJA? - p. 13-14
  • Story 1: Melanie - p. 20

Guide to the Posters - PDF (281 KB)

  • Poster 1: Highlights of the Youth Criminal Justice Act - p. 9-10

Fact Sheets - PDF (203KB)

  • Highlights of the Act

 Legal Quest Curriculum

 The Youth Criminal Justice Act - PDF

  • Basics for the Teacher - p. 90-92
  • Basics for the Student - p. 93-94
  • What Do You Know About Youth Justice? - p. 95