Youth Criminal Justice Act

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Previously known as the Young Offenders Act, this act protects minors from public scorn. The child’s name, and anything that would identify them (such as a photograph of them) is forbidden to be published for any youth who is convicted or charged with an offence under this act. This does not apply if the youth is given an adult sentence. This law won’t apply to too many people, unless you happen to capture a photo of a charged or convicted youth, and publish it as such. Although you have the right to take and publish any image under the Charter of Rights, that only forbids the government from interfering. For publishing it, you may be charged under this act.

Youth Criminal Justice Act 110. (1):
Subject to this section, no person shall publish the name of a young person, or any other information related to a young person, if it would identify the young person as a young person dealt with under this Act.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply
(a) in a case where the information relates to a young person who has received an adult sentence;


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