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Youth Criminal Justice Law, 3/e

The focus of this book is the Youth Criminal Justice Act, which came into force in 2003, and the amendments to the Act which came into force in October 2012. The 2012 amendments can in turn best be understood as the response of the current federal government to perceived limitations of the 2003 law, as well as a response to some decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada interpreting the YCJA. The present edition discusses caselaw interpreting the Act, recent social science literature, and changes in the political context and social perception of youth crime since the YCJA came into force. Previous editions of the book have been cited approvingly by all levels of courts in Canada including the Supreme Court of Canada.

The book includes discussion of constitutional, evidentiary, and procedural issues that are relevant to youth justice; it also explores some of the ethical and practical issues that confront lawyers and other professionals working in the youth justice system. As well, it considers the broader social and political context for issues of adolescent offending and youth justice.

Youth Criminal Justice Law will appeal to a broad audience, from students of law and other related disciplines, seeking an introduction to the laws governing young people who come into conflict with the law, to lawyers, judges, probation officers, and other justice system professionals who are working in this field.


Nicholas Bala

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

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.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


Introduction, primarily for students, to the laws governing young people, with focus on the Youth Criminal Justice Act. ; 5 $0.50


Discussion of the rationale for and history of the youth justice system, the court process, the nature and causes of youth crime, group and gang offences, offenders from visible minority and … ; 82 $8.20


Discussion of the principles and purpose of youth justice, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and youth justice in other countries. ; 95 $9.50


Examination of youth justice courts and services, offence jurisdiction, and age jurisdiction. ; 41 $4.10


Discussion of the initial part of the process of a youth’s involvement with the justice system, including issues related to police powers of arrest and questioning, parental involvement, … ; 121 $12.10


Discussion of alternatives to the formal criminal justice response to offending by youths, including committees and conferences, extrajudicial sanctions programs, and judicial referrals to child … ; 53 $5.30


Discussion of the evolution of the involvement of lawyers in the youth justice process and the contentious issues related to the role. ; 40 $4.00


Discussion of the court process, including pleas, trial proceedings, fitness to stand trial, appeals, privacy issues, and special youth issues regarding assaults. ; 59 $5.90


Discussion of the processes and principles underlying the less severe sanctions imposed on young offenders, age-appropriate rehabilitative services, and separation from adult offenders. ; 159 $15.90


Discussion of the processes and principles involved when a youth commits an offence serious enough to warrant sanctions similar or identical to those imposed on adults. ; 59 $5.90


Sociological commentary on the Canadian youth criminal justice system. ; 31 $3.10


Glossary of terms related to youth criminal justice. ; 15 $1.50