Youth Extra Judicial Sanctions Lawyers Calgary

What Are Youth Extrajudicial Measures and Sanctions?

For a broad overview of youth extrajudicial measures and sanctions in Canada please see the general FAQ on youth extrajudicial sanctions in Canada page. For location-specific information on youth extrajudicial measures in Calgary, please read on.

Youth Extrajudicial Measures and Sanctions in Calgary

Most youth who do not have a criminal record and who have been accused of a minor criminal offence will be eligible (or at least considered) for extrajudicial measures. In more serious cases, extrajudicial sanctions may be considered, which impose a more formal set of rules on the youth involved.

Many different actors are involved in prioritizing the diversion of youth offences outside of the criminal justice system, including the arresting officers, Crown prosecutors, and various Calgary referral programs such as the Gateway Initiative and the Calgary Youth Justice Committee’s Sanctions program.

How to Accept Responsibility for Your Actions Without Getting a Criminal Record

Diversion programs, including youth extrajudicial sanctions and measures, place a large emphasis on accountability and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

For more information on this process and to see an example of a diversion form (on which the youth must accept responsibility), please see the general FAQ on youth extrajudicial sanctions in Canada.

Alternatively, please contact one of our dedicated defence lawyers to discuss potential youth diversion programs in your area.

Who is Eligible for Youth Extrajudicial Measures or Sanctions?

Typically, Crown Prosecutors will have more latitude to divert matters into the Extra Judicial Sanctions Program because the main goal in dealing with young offenders is rehabilitation, rather than punishment.

It is now recognized that extrajudicial measures are often the most appropriate response to youth who commit criminal offences. As a result, Crown Prosecutors have significant control in deciding how to divert matters out of the criminal justice system.

For more information on general eligibility, please see the general FAQ on youth extrajudicial sanctions in Canada. To speak specifically about your situation or the situation of your child, contact our office nearest to you.

What’s Next?

While the discretion to use these remedies ultimately lies with the Crown, at Strategic Criminal Defence, we are experienced in negotiating and advocating on your behalf.

If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact us and one of our lawyers will be in touch as soon as possible to guide you through the next steps.

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