The Youth Criminal Justice Act Essay

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Introduction

In Canada when a young person gets in trouble with the law, the punishment given will be in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The Youth Criminal Justice Act was created in 2003. The main objective of this legislation is to hold youth accountable for their actions through the promotion of “rehabilitation” and “reintegration” (Youth Criminal Justice Act, 2002, S.3a(ii)). Within the Canadian court system, there is a youth court for individuals who get in trouble with the law while they are still under the age of 18 years. In Calgary, Alberta the youth courtrooms are located in the Calgary Courts Center building, which is located at 601 5th Street SW. I attended youth court on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 and Monday, October 31th. This paper will shed light on the atmosphere of the youth courtroom, analyze how the criminal justice professionals are acting within the courtroom, and discuss certain cases that went through the youth courts.
Observations

Court Room Atmosphere

During my two days attending youth court I was in two separate courtrooms. The lay out of these courtrooms was fairly simple. There is a sitting area in each courtroom where individuals can be seated. The individuals seated in this area consisted of the accused parties, witnesses, family of the victims, offenders and general members of the public. There are two stands, one for the defense counsel and one for the crown attorneys. Each side also has a stand for possible accused

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