Principles of the Act

Did You Know?

  • Most youth who commit crimes are between the ages of 14 and 17.
  • If the youth is younger than 12 years old, they are not dealt with under the Act Children under 12 cannot be charged with a crime but the government's Ministry of Children and Family Development may choose to get involved if there is evidence of neglect or abuse.
  • Parents and guardians are told if their child commits a crime. They are asked to come to court to prove the age of their child.