Lawyers in the Youth Justice Process
Discussion of the evolution of the involvement of lawyers in the youth justice process and the contentious issues related to the role.
Nicholas Bala has been a Professor at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University since 1980. Most of his teaching and research has been in the area of family and children’s law, with research focusing on issues related to young offenders, child witnesses and child abuse, spousal abuse, and parental rights and responsibilities after divorce. Much of his research work is interdisciplinary and he has undertaken collaborative projects with criminologists, psychologists, social workers, and health professionals. Professor Bala has published extensively and this is the eighteenth book that he has written or co-authored. His work has been cited by all levels of court in Canada, including most of the recent Supreme Court of Canada decisions dealing with youth justice issues. He frequently presents at professional education programs for judges, lawyers, probation officers, youth workers, teachers, doctors, psychologists, child welfare workers, and social workers.
Sanjeev Anand is the Dean at the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a former prosecutor and began his career as a Legal Aid staff lawyer whose practice primarily dealt with the defence of young offenders.He teaches and researches in five fields: substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, sentencing, evidence, and constitutional law. An area of particular interest to Dr. Anand is youth justice. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen book chapters, journal articles, and commissioned reports on various aspects of Canada’s juvenile justice system. Dean Anand’s work has been cited by courts across the nation, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has done considerable consulting on law reform issues in the criminal law field for the federal government and he is a frequent media commentator on criminal and constitutional law issues. He is the coauthor (with Eric Colvin) of Principles of Criminal Law, 3d ed. (2007), a treatise that critically explores the general principles underlying the law of criminal culpability in Canada.