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The Great Youth Criminal Justice Act Debate

The Act goes into force April 1, 2003

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The debate for April 2002:

Should a parent have the right to be notified when his or her child is questioned by police and invited outside at the front door of their home?

Should parents have the right to be notified when a young person is questioned, arrested, or charged by the police? 

Should parents have the right to be notified of Court proceedings?

See also The Young Offenders Act Parents' Page

See also the latest version of this discussion on Parents' Rights When a Child Has Been Arrested

    Read What Others Have Said


    City:
    Mississauga
    Date:
    19 Jan 2002
    Time:
    12:59:52

    Comments

    There is no current requirement that parents be notified prior to the arrival of police at their house to interview their child. Once the child has been invited outside (thus avoiding the necessity of a warrant) the police can invite the child to attend at a police station without any consent from the parent. They can do the same at the child's school.

    The police do not have to notify a parent that they are interrogating the child at the police station. The child has the right to ask for the presence of a parent at the police station but children generally waive that right pretty easily (see the Higgins-Biss study). Parliament, in its wisdom and at the request of the police has made it even easier in the new legislation for police to avoid the presence of parents at the station (see new YCJA s.146.)

    Parents should receive a "Notice to Parent" advising them of a first Court date. That Notice can be waived by the Court.


    City:
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Date:
    10 Feb 2002
    Time:
    17:43:58

    Comments

    Parents should have nothing to do with the crime that the Youth is being charged for because they were not there and they did not see anything happen. The parents should be allowed in the court room but in the audience where everyone else has to be. The youth should have to sit up their lawyers and have no communication wiht their parents during the hearing. They did the crime they should be treated as a adult so be trialed as a adult.


    City:
    Thunder Bay
    Date:
    16 Feb 2002
    Time:
    15:58:09

    Comments

    As long as the child is under the age of 18 years or lives with there parents the paresnt should be notified of any rong doing


    City:
    parksville/victoria, B.C.
    Date:
    19 Feb 2002
    Time:
    12:00:03

    Comments

    i think that parents should be present at all questioning, arrests, or court proceedings involving any child under their custody. furthermore the legislature seemes to be giving protective rights to minors only until it suits the to take it away.


    City:
    Halifax
    Date:
    01 Mar 2002
    Time:
    17:20:00

    Comments

    If the young person is under 18yrs of age he/she's parent should be notified of any involvment they may have had in the criminal justice system. Not only is this important because it is their child and they have the right to be informed, but also in order to assist in the discipline to decrese the chances their youth will offend or be involved with offenders in the future.Parent interaction and the justice system are both very important combating recidivism and in successful rehabilitation.


    City:
    none of your business
    Date:
    08 Mar 2002
    Time:
    10:22:30

    Comments

    I think it should no to that


    City:
    St. Albert
    Date:
    08 Mar 2002
    Time:
    13:47:18

    Comments

    The parents in this country are mistakenly under the impression that they are in custody of their child. Once a criminal act enters the picture, the child is brought before a judge and that judge now has custody of the child. The decisions to remand to parents custody or to mental facility or to hospital, police custody is up to the judge. The parents are automatically loosing custody of children at aprehension by law enforcement under the assumption that all parents are abusers until cleared and no parent can make a proper judgemtent where their child is involved. I don't think the general public is aware of this at all.


    City:
    kelowna,bc
    Date:
    11 Mar 2002
    Time:
    17:18:04

    Comments

    I dont think that the parents should have the right to be notified when his or her child is questioned by police.


    City:
    hamilton Ontario
    Date:
    17 Mar 2002
    Time:
    19:30:02

    Comments

    They have every right to know whats going on with their child. After all, it's their responsibility.


    City:
    Waterloo
    Date:
    19 Mar 2002
    Time:
    11:14:02

    Comments

    As a teenager what ever trouble that I might be in I would want my parents to know if the police are outside of our home. What ever I did I would want my parents support, plus I am their child and they should know what is going on in my life. Even if it is bad or good!


    City:
    St. Albert, AB
    Date:
    05 Apr 2002
    Time:
    17:38:40

    Comments

    Personally, I think that the parents shoul not be held responsible for their child when criminal acts are convicted. When I was young no matter what my parents said not to do, I still did it. Parents can not control what their children do outside of the home.


    City:
     
    Date:
    06 Apr 2002
    Time:
    02:25:02

    Comments

    No, i dont think they should be notified


    City:
    Toronto ON
    Date:
    07 Apr 2002
    Time:
    20:25:33

    Comments

    I think that parents should DEFINITELY be involved, because they it is their right to know if their child is breaking the law and getting into trouble. And they need to take action in order to get their child back on track. As long as the child is under 18 or living under THEIR roof, they have every right to know what is going on so that they can take measures.


    City:
    Keswick
    Date:
    10 Apr 2002
    Time:
    13:04:37

    Comments

    Having just begin the process of having a child arrested and going through the court proceedures, I would as a parent prefer to be contacted of all the charges or preceedings of court when my child is arrested. I feel in the best interest of the child that the parent or guardians be involved.


    City:
    calgary
    Date:
    10 Apr 2002
    Time:
    16:50:34

    Comments

    i think if a child is only questioned then parents shouldnt be notified but if its something more serious like court or arrest then yes


    City:
    North Bay
    Date:
    12 Apr 2002
    Time:
    14:24:22

    Comments

    I think that parents should be informed of what is going on with their kids as they are their responsability. Even if the youth commited a crime the parents should be informed and not be left in the dark that way they can take legal action such as call a lawyer or something like. You can't just block parents out once a law is broken who is gonna help them out. Parents are there to help their kids and if they break a law then the parents have a right to be informed.


    City:
    Mississauga
    Date:
    12 Apr 2002
    Time:
    22:29:04

    Comments

    I think that the parents should be notified because they have every right to know what is going on with their children. if the child is around 13 years of age they can't take full responsibility but if they're 16 or over i think they should take responsibility for their actions.


    City:
    Peterborough
    Date:
    13 Apr 2002
    Time:
    14:27:25

    Comments

    100% Everytime Absolutely -- YES!


    City:
    Peterborough
    Date:
    13 Apr 2002
    Time:
    14:34:20

    Comments

    In the case where, authorities can get a court order to publish the youth's identity, the parents are required to be "Given the opportunity to be heard" This is from the YOA. An Ex Parte overrides this only, when the authorities have made reasonable efforts to contact the person. I believe that the parents should at least be contacted in some way, phone or person so that they can be made aware of the application.


    City:
    canada
    Date:
    16 Apr 2002
    Time:
    12:33:29

    Comments

    I think that the parents should know yes of course especially if there still under parental care.


    City:
    shubie
    Date:
    17 Apr 2002
    Time:
    11:09:36

    Comments

    i think if it's here child liveing there .they should have the right to know anything thats going on with there kids'.cause they racsed them an there liveing there to .so yes i think they should have tyhe right to know


    City:
    MAGNOLIA
    Date:
    23 Apr 2002
    Time:
    16:05:48

    Comments

    IF A CHILD BREAKS THE LAW THEN HE SHOULD NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE HIS PARENTSD PRESENT AT THE BEGINNING OF A SUSPECTED CRIME....


    City:
    wpg
    Date:
    24 Apr 2002
    Time:
    03:01:36

    Comments

    i think if it's a serious crime then yes, but if it's dumb then no but then yet again we parents want to raise our children good and not have people coming to you that your not raising them well enough


    City:
    Aurora
    Date:
    01 May 2002
    Time:
    10:08:13

    Comments

    yes I think parents should be notifid if there child has been arrested. Their child is their responsibility so there fore the deserve to know.


    City:
    cagary alberta
    Date:
    07 May 2002
    Time:
    11:23:51

    Comments

    NOOO


    City:
    South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA
    Date:
    18 May 2002
    Time:
    21:50:38

    Comments

    I DO THINK THAT PARENTS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW WHEN AND IF THEIR CHILD (UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE) IS ARRESTED, DETAINED, OR QUESTIONED FOR ANY REASON. AS PARENTS, IT IS THEIR DUTY TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THEIR CHILD. ALSO, AS A CHILD, (WHILE THINGS LIKE THIS WOULD AND COULD BE HIDDEN) I KNOW THAT EVERYTHING WILL COME OUT IN THE END, MY PARENTS WILL FIND OUT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT MY PARENTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED OF A SITUATION AS SERIOUS SUCCH AS MY ARREST. AND IF THE SITUATION IS AS SIMPLE AS QUESTIONING, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT MY PARENTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED, SO IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT MAY CAUSE ME PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION NECESARY TO KNOW HOW TO HELP ME.

     


    City:
    glenboro
    Date:
    21 May 2002
    Time:
    10:51:03

    Comments

    Parents should Know if their child is being questioned, arrested, charged, or notifided of court procedings.


    City:
    mississauga
    Date:
    10 Jun 2002
    Time:
    10:19:39

    Comments

    i think that we should definetly be notified


    City:
    Greater Toronto
    Date:
    18 Jun 2002
    Time:
    11:58:54

    Comments

    The parents should have every right to know what is happening to their child. Both parents and child should be given their legal rights before the child is interviewed or arrested. The child needs support from the parents and parents need legal support. Not all plain citizens know their rights when things happened. Police should always let the child know of their rights before beginning any interviews in the absence of parents or child consent.


    City:
    St Catharines
    Date:
    17 Jul 2002
    Time:
    07:24:22

    Comments

    The Young Offenders Act is Canada's shame!

    We currently have the highest number of imprisoned children in the world.

    Parent's should have the absolute right to be fully informed at all times and indeed all level's, of the morally obnoxious procedures/actions forced upon our children by the vicious minority of right wing radicals that appear to running our country at the moment.

    In civilised international circles the Young Offender's Act is a total aberration.

    The Young Offender's Act should be suspended with immediate effect !!

    Canada is currently involved in a coalition a against radical movements that have little or no regard for basic human rights.

    What hypocrisy!!


    City:
    dolan springs arizoa
    Date:
    13 Aug 2002
    Time:
    00:26:09

    Comments

    I think from age 5-20 yes a parent should be notifie,

     


     

     

 

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