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Youth Criminal Justice Act: A Step Forward for the Advocates of Restorative Justice?

Charbonneau, Serge
June 4, 2015

Source: (2003) Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference on Restorative Justice. June 2003. The Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University. Downloaded 2 October 2003.

The Youth Criminal Justice Act contrast sharply with the orientation of the previous legislation (Young Offender Act) on several aspects. Among these, we can mention the institutionalisation of the police officer’s discretionary power, the participation of victims and families, the assumption that extra judicial measures are sufficient to improve youth responsabilisation, the use of the civil community through justice committees and consultative groups etc. Despite these differences, several analysts disagree on the sens to give to its orientation. Our purpose here is to have a look at this new law while attempting to set it in relation with the restorative justice concept and the various tendencies that are characteristic of the occidental legislations reforms. Can the general orientation of this law be associated with the restorative justice trend? In the case of an affirmative answer to this question, what are the expected consequences it may have for the future of the restorative justice movement? Abstract courtesy of the Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University,


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