Publication of Identity of Offender

Did You Know?

  • If a youth is considered dangerous and wanted by the police, their name can only be published for a specific time under a court order. Once the time period runs out, the police need to go back to court to get another order for publication.
  • Real names are used throughout proceedings in youth court. This is not considered to be publication of the name. However, if the name appears on TV, in a newspaper, or on the Internet, then it is considered to be publication of the youth’s identity.
  • Initials are used when referring to the youth in written court documents and case names. For example, a trial against Angie Sam, aged 17, would be Regina v. A.S.