Sentencing Principles

Sentencing Principles


This section will discuss the basic principles of sentencing as outlined in the YCJA. Considerations for deciding whether it is appropriate to give a custodial sentence will also be detailed.

Sentencing is the process by which the judge comes to a decision about what sentence will be appropriate for youth who are guilty of a crime. The YCJA includes a specific purpose and set of principles to guide judges in deciding on a fair and appropriate sentences for youth.


YCJA Part 4: Sentencing
Section 38: Purpose and Principles
Section 39: Committal to Custody
Criminal Code of Canada Section 718: Purpose and Principles of Sentencing (2)