What is a Youth Record?
If you have been dealt with using extrajudicial measures, or have been found guilty of an offence, you will have a youth record.
A youth record keeps track of information collected about you if you are being investigated for a youth offence and during any proceeding related to the offence. For example, a record could typically include your name, birth date, the charge, action taken by police (such as a warning or a caution), sentence given, photographs, fingerprints, medical reports and so on.
There are four different types of records:
- Youth Court Records
This record keeps track of information relating to your case in youth court. This includes information kept by the court and review boards. (When the court makes a decision about you that deals with custody and supervision, you can ask for the decision to be reviewed by an independent group of people who make up a review board)
- Police Records
If you are charged with a crime the police can also keep records of information relating to their investigation. This includes information about extrajudicial measures, the charge, photographs and fingerprints.
Information in your police record can be sent to the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) if you are charged with a crime for which an adult would also have their information sent to CPIC. If you are found guilty of an offence the police are required to send this record to CPIC. Information in CPIC can be used to identify criminal offenders.
- Government Records
Government records contain information collected by a government agency or department. Information collected can be used for investigating a criminal charge. It includes any information used:
- in a proceeding against you
- for sentencing
- to decide what extrajudicial measure will be used or the result of any extrajudicial measures used to deal with you.
- Other Records
Another person or an organization can keep information about you regarding the use of extrajudicial measures or for the purpose of carrying out a youth sentence.