Principles of the Act

Scenario

Peter, 17, is in Grade 12. He has an 11-year-old brother, Jimmy. One of Peter’s friends at school, Jack, is 18.

One evening, Peter and Jimmy went over to Jack’s house and Jack suggested they go out. As they were walking down the street, they saw a car with a lot of things in it. No one was around, so Peter and Jack decided to break into the car. Jimmy helped them. Someone saw them and called the police. All three boys were caught. None of the boys had a previous criminal history.

Which of the following do you think happened to the boys? Pick one of the following choices:

  1. All three boys went to youth court.
  2. Two of the boys went to youth court and one went to adult court.
  3. All three boys were treated differently.

Which option is correct?
All three boys were treated differently.

A police officer took Jimmy home to his parents and explained what had happened. Peter was referred by the police for extrajudicial measures to the Youth Intervention Program and Jack was charged with the offence of theft and was given a notice to appear in adult court.

Jack said, “That’s not fair. All three of us did the same thing. We should be treated the same.”