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Youth Criminal Law in OntarioA website written for young people about the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime? (Booklet)
(
June
2009
)

This booklet and accompanying poster are about the right of Aboriginal peoples, as a result of a case called Gladue, to have a judge take their background into account when setting bail or deciding on a sentence. The booklet explains the kind of information a judge needs in order to apply Gladue, when to give the judge this information, and where to go for help.

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Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime? (Poster)
Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime? (Poster)
(
June
2009
)

This poster, like the booklet with the same title, is about the right of Aboriginal peoples, as a result of a case called Gladue, to have a judge take their background into account when setting bail or deciding on a sentence. It includes a list of places to go for further help and information.

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Do you know a woman who is being abused? A legal rights handbook
(
February
2016
)

This handbook is for any woman in Ontario who is being abused, or who has been abused, by her partner. It includes information on making a safety plan, preparing to leave, the criminal process and trial, a woman's rights under family law, protection orders, and legal and community resources in Ontario.

It also has information on how abuse may affect a woman's immigration status, and a section that focuses on Indigenous women.

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Has your child been charged with a crime? (Fact sheet)
(
June
2016
)

This resource offers basic information about what a parent can expect if a child under the age of 18 is charged with a crime. It includes sections on the kind of lawyer the child needs, relating to the child’s lawyer, keeping the child in school, how the child’s records can affect their future, what to do if asked to pay for damage the child has caused, and where to get help in many languages.

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Police Powers: Stops and Searches
(
August
2013
)

This resource sets out the rights of a person who is stopped, questioned, searched, arrested, or detained by the police. It also explains when the police can enter or search someone's home.

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Youth Criminal Law

This website is for young people accused of committing a crime. It has information about Canada's Youth Criminal Justice Act and resources for people in Ontario. Topics include talking to the police, hiring a lawyer, steps in a youth case, court orders, youth records, getting a job with a youth record, and travelling with a youth record. The website is designed to be viewed on mobile or desktop.

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