The Great Youth Criminal Justice Act Debate

The Act went into force April 1, 2003

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March 2004

Resolved that: 

Parents need to be more involved in procedure under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

If a young person is charged with a criminal offence their parent should be required to attend all court proceedings . In some cases the court should be able to require that parents attend counseling so they can understand where the kid is coming from. 

Shouldn't parents get more involved in criminal proceedings and obtain a better understanding of what their child is facing? 


City:
Mississauga, ON
Date:
29 October 2003
Time:
10:46:27

Comments

Sometimes parents get extremely frustrated with their child's behavior and decide that it is best that they fend for themselves particularly at ages 16 or 17.


City:
Belfast, PEI
Date:
13 November 2003
Time:
13:00:51

Comments

I think it is a good idea for parents to get involved in all aspects of the criminal process their child is going through. Counseling parents on a child's situation could also be helpful.


City:
Hamilton
Date:
20 November 2003
Time:
14:38:19

Comments

Yes! Parents should be involved in all proceedings so that they and the child can understand what is happening and what can be done to help the child and the family cope with all the stress. I think we as parents need a better understanding of the juvenile law to help our children deal with it and also to help us help our children as we ourselves are under just as much stress as our kids are. Considering the fact that here we are as the child's parents and we basically have no say in what is about to happen to our son/daughter. We also don't have the proper tools to help them and ourselves. It is unfortunate that the lawyers don't take more time to explain to us as parents what we can do if anything to help our children in these situations. I feel very helpless knowing that a judge who doesn't know my child from any other child he/she may meet on the street is now the sole person who will decide what my child's life will become.


City:
Kitimat BC
Date:
15 February 2004
Time:
19:12:09

Comments

Yes, I think that parents should be more involved and the court system needs to get a better background on how the youths past has been and if there is any background behavior leading up to the offence. Such as if they have done that offence before or if they are a repeat offender. Sometimes the parents can see problems develop and try to correct the problem and then the youth can rebel and leave home with the help of our Social Services system. They then get into more trouble and involve the parents as they are still the legal guardian, but the have no control over the youth at all, but they are still responsible. I would like to know why that is the case.


City:
Barrie Ontario
Date:
10 March 2004
Time:
10:18:06

Comments

I am currently attending court proceedings with my 15 year-old son, there is a co-accused in the case. Thus far we have been to court 4 times and not once has the other 15 year old boy had an adult representative with him, neither parent or counsel. I think that it should be mandatory that a parent or responsible party must attend with the child. I do believe that a fine of some sort should be given when a parent fails to attend. Furthermore, I do not believe that a trial should be held down or proceedings remanded more than twice to allow time to retain counsel. We are dancing around waiting for the co-accused to stop working the system so that we can set our son on the right path. I also don't believe it is fair to ANY co-accused to have to have a charge heard at the same time that another youth is facing numerous unrelated charges.


City:
Lindsay. Ontario
Date:
14 March 2004
Time:
14:44:15

Comments

I think it is a great idea that parents are to go to the court appointments with the young person and the fact that some counseling may be involved for the parents to participate in is also a good idea. It is important to try to understand where the young person is coming from.


City:
Tempe
Date:
05 May 2004
Time:
01:00:15

Comments

Yes, parents should get more involved. As parents we have a certain obligation to influence the behavior of our children. Understanding why the child is involved in a crime may help the parents to pin-point the root of the problem. It is then that the parents should take a stand and help to solve it. Under the age of 15 is what I consider to be a child.


City:
Trenton
Date:
19 May 2004
Time:
22:03:37

Comments

YES PARENTS MOST DEFINITELY SHOULD BE INVOLVED THROUGH THE FULL PROCESS. I HAVE BEEN A POLICE OFFICER FOR 24 YEARS AND WHEN GOOD PARENTS ARE INVOLVED THE CHILD FEELS LOVED AND REMORSEFUL MOST OF THE TIME. CHILDREN ARE THE PRODUCT OF THE PARENTS.


City:
Winnipeg
Date:
07 June 2004
Time:
12:08:42

Comments

It all depends. Some parents are not involved in their youths life and some are. Maybe if most parents would pep up there parenting skills, crime wouldn't be an option.


City:
Halifax
Date:
15 June 2004
Time:
11:42:36

Comments

yes!


City:
ja ckson's point
Date:
08 July 2004
Time:
00:42:33

Comments

for sure parents should be more involved. I would guess that as in the case of sexual assault to a 6yr old, the parent doesn't have the wherewithal to understand the severity of the offence. It makes me sick, I would like to have her charged, and him taken away from her, after he confessed to the police and other kids at his school that he actually did sexually molested her. Instead, he hasn't attended school since last November? How after all the proper authorities were notified is that possible?


City:
London
Date:
23 August 2004
Time:
10:01:53

Comments

Parents should not only be involved in the criminal proceedings, but simultaneously held accountable along with their child for their child's actions. There should be a charge of "parental negligence contributing to delinquent behaviour" for example that nails down the responsibility for teaching and monitoring correct and lawful behaviour of their children. I am currently dealing with this situation in my own neighbourhood. There is an ongoing and long suffering problem with two or three teenage boys who engage in vandalism, break and enter, theft, public profanity, etc. The police have been alerted on numerous occasions, and have spoken to the parents. The parents have not made efforts to correct the problems their children are causing. This failure by the parents to act responsibly towards society has created an environment of encouragement to act with unlawful disregard to the rest of society by their children. Delinquent parenting needs to be stigmatized and punished by criminal charges in order to create a catalyst to induce these types of parents to taking responsibility for their inept or absent parenting. If their child is found guilty of criminal behaviour, the parents are then found guilty of the "negligent parenting" charge. Then, the victim has a barrier removed and a course of action to proceed with a civil lawsuit to seek damages. I strongly believe and suggest that this become incorporated into the Youth Criminal Act. Protection from full accountability and providing anonymity has not been a successful deterrent to future criminal activity. The cost of dealing with this escalating criminal behaviour is an unbearable burden to all taxpayers. We would not require the exorbitant funds for police, medical, education, insurance, municipal properties and agencies, if parents were held liable for the criminal behaviour of their children. Responsible parents would have nothing to fear, because they would have taught their children respect and consideration. Something with serious consequences has to be implemented.


City:
Fredericton
Date:
12 September 2004
Time:
02:53:03

Comments

Recently my son was sentenced to open custody, at the George Street Group Home, being a repeat offender and breaching court order judge sentenced him fairly and justly, my son who had messed up took it upon himself to go back to former employer and grovel for his job back in which he was successful in doing, being his parent the group home was given money for school clothes, and I also prepared him with school accessories, wanting to have an active role in his future, as any parent would. On Labor Day when their wouldn't be anyone in their offices it being a holiday the social worker breezes into the group home to let my child no that he had less then 3 hours to prepare to go to another city. I had previously tried to make contact with the same social worker 10 days prior to this but to no avail was not contacted back i was wondering where my son would be attending school, when asked by my youth at the meeting when she told him to move why she never called me back she stated in front of group home staff and my youth that she didn't because she didn't want to have to lie to me something im still trying to figure out. The reaction of having to move leave job for second time and his school of the past 3 years and having no family around caused my youth to run, which of course is unacceptable, the judge has no say in where the child is placed after they have made their decision but a youth at 16-17 although in custody deserve a bit more time to prepare themselves for a blow that hard, and I believe its very important as long as family members are playing an active role in their childrens life that we as parents have the right to know of any sudden changes in thier own childs welfare. As if I had a social worker in my home on a regular visit and I made rash decisions in youth life I would get the third degree, so what is our role as concerned and involved parents when it comes to our childs wellbeing such as good work ethics, education and being in custody almost 5 weeks with no provisions made for school, and not wnting to involve the parents because they may not like what they have to hear, or when a parent can't get intouch with probation officer on account of always being involved in so many meetings, who is at fault in a situation like this and how do parents have a voice in their childs life even if they are in open or closed custody.


City:
Date:
28 September 2004
Time:
10:20:19

Comments

parents have to be involved with their children no matter what they do. we are what you call the saftey net. They depend on us and only us. if we are not their for them then who is? as a mother i know that it is hard but we have to teach them and support them even if they do something wrong. it is totally up to us to guide them. we need to stand up and give them discipline when they are in the wrong it is called tough love.without us they are lost.


City:
Sioux Lookout
Date:
18 October 2004
Time:
10:51:50

Comments

parent should teach their kids about what punisments there are for certian crime so they wont commit any....for the parents who just do their own thing and not care what their childern do... that is one of the reasons why kids do these kind of crime so they can get attention.


City:
vancouver
Date:
02 November 2004
Time:
13:56:34

Comments

we need harsher punishments for young offenders


City:
ottawa
Date:
13 November 2004
Time:
16:39:27

Comments

parental negligence is one of the main causes of youth crimes, if society would help families in needs and find better foster homes, youth crimes would decrease


City:
Winnipeg
Date:
24 January 2005
Time:
00:35:12

Comments

I agree, that parents should be involved in their child's criminal proceedings. Not only would the parents better understand what their children were being charged with, they might also learn to prevent the incident.



Revised: 09 Dec 2010 11:32:55 -0500 .