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Youth Criminal Law

When a person between 12 and 17 years old is charged, a different set of laws and procedures apply to their case. Parliament enacted amendments to Canada’s youth criminal law on October 23, 2012, drastically changing youth law in Manitoba. Our lawyers all practice youth criminal law and are very familiar with the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and local Youth Court procedures, as well as the practical matters that commonly arise in youth cases.

If your child is charged with a criminal offence, it’s important that you are equipped with the tools to effectively manage the police and the arrest procedure. You need to know your rights when faced with the consequences of a criminal conviction. Your child has the right to have you or another adult present during police questioning. The YCJA requires that a parent or guardian is notified upon the youth’s arrest.

Offences under YCJA can sometimes be resolved outside of the justice system. In some cases you can avoid your child having a conviction on a criminal record. In the event your child is arrested or charged by the police, immediately call a lawyer for advice. Tom Rees specializes in criminal law with a focus on youth criminal law.


To see the Youth Criminal Justice Act, click here.


Click here to see a video that explains the Youth Criminal Justice Act.


Click here to read Tom Rees’ article about deferred custody for youth.


Click here to read about youth and marijuana charges.


Click here to read Tom Rees’ article about youth sentenced as adults.