About Youth Court Law in the Greater Toronto Area

About Stephen Biss, Youth Court Lawyer

The Youth Criminal Justice Act is a real criminal law statute. Young Persons ages 12 to 17 who are charged under the YCJA face the same substantive criminal law charges as adults under the Criminal Code of Canada. The consequences of a Youth Criminal Justice Act finding of guilt are severe and can follow you for the rest of your life. Records DO NOT get erased at age 18. If you have been asked to come to the police station you need to know what you are getting into. If you have been arrested you need help. If you are scheduled to attend first appearance as an alleged young offender please don't assume you can walk into Youth Criminal Justice Court and just "Get it Over With". This site aims to unpack the Youth Criminal Justice Act for young persons, parents, and teachers. If you or your adolescent are charged with a Youth Criminal Court offence, you or your teen need answers. This site provides basic information about "young offenders" law and what parents of "juveniles" can do to assist their child. However, you need to telephone a youth court lawyer and book an appointment for specific information that fits the unique circumstances of your youth court charge.  


Stephen Biss is a criminal law lawyer with more than 40 years experience defending young persons under the Juvenile Delinquents Act, the Young Offenders Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act in Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Guelph, Kitchener, Orangeville, Newmarket, Bradford, and other GTA Youth Courts.


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Stephen R. Biss

Barrister & Solicitor

303-470 Hensall Circle

Mississauga, ON

L5A 3V4