The Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) came into force on April 1st, 2003.  In 2012 the Government of Canada passed the Safe Street and Communities Act which made changes to a number of laws, including the YCJA.  The YCJA changes came into effect on October 23rd, 2012 and are designed to strengthen how the youth justice system handles violent and repeat offenders.

This fact sheet provides an overview of these changes.


Where Can I get more Information?

Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia

LISNS Legal Information Line and lawyer Referral Service
(902) 455-3135         Toll Free in NS: 1-800-665-9779

Youth Criminal Justice Explained

Youth Ombudsman
Toll Free: 1-888-839-6884

Nova Scotia Legal Aid Youth and Duty Counsel
(902) 420-7800

Victim Services
(902) 424-3309         Toll Free: 1-888-470-0773