Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Target Group: Young persons ages 12-17 involved with the Youth Justice System
Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is the legislation that deals with young people who were 12 to 17 years old when the action they are accused of was
committed. When a young person breaks the law, police use the YCJA to decide what action they will take. Youth may be dealt with in a formal court
process or outside of the formal court process. The Ministry of the Attorney General is responsible for court processes for young people. The Ministry
of Community Safety and Correctional Services has responsibility for adult offenders.