An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (publication of information)
This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.
David Tilson Conservative
Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)
Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
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The purpose of this enactment is to authorize the publication of information relating to a young person who has been dealt with under the Youth Criminal Justice Act once that person has been charged as an adult under the Criminal Code.
Youth Criminal Justice Act
December 14th, 2011 / 3:20 p.m.
David Tilson Dufferin—Caledon, ON
moved for leave to introduce Bill C-384, An Act to amend the Youth Criminal Justice Act (publication of information).
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Elgin—Middlesex—London for seconding this legislation.
If an individual under the age of majority commits a crime but is tried in an adult court, the individual should not have his or her identity restricted as it would be if he or she were tried in a youth court.
The Youth Criminal Justice Act precludes the publication of information about young offenders when they are sentenced or indicted. If a crime is of such a serious nature that the young offender is tried in an adult court, there should be no prohibition on the publication of his or her identity. The bill would allow the publication of his or her identity.
Hopefully, the bill will spur debate about the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)