First Appearance in Youth Court

Going to Court for the first time may be frightening for you and your family. Phone a lawyer first. You can reach the author at 905-273-3322.

Your first appearance in Court can be terrifying. Don't say too much and be careful who you speak to. You will not be required to say whether you are pleading guilty or not guilty. You will not be required to say anything about the allegations that bring you to Court. You don't have to speak to the Crown Attorney or duty counsel in advance. Remember these things:

 

  1. You need to be at Court when required to do so.

  2. You will need to go through security like airport security.

  3. You need to be silent in Court until your name is called.

  4. Your parents should be with you.

  5. You walk forward quickly with your parents when your name is called.

  6. You give the Judge (usually a Justice of the Peace) your date of birth.

  7. Your parents acknowledge that they have received the Notice to Parent.

  8. The Judge or the Clerk read the charge(s) and you simply acknowledge that you understand.

  9. You ask for Disclosure.

  10. You or your parents state that you intend to hire a lawyer forthwith.

  11. You ask for an adjournment for 3 weeks.

  12. The Judge gives you a new date to come to Court and you write it down immediately.


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First Appearance at Brampton Youth Court

 

 

 

Appearance before judge or justice
  •  (1) A young person against whom an information or indictment is laid must first appear before a youth justice court judge or a justice, and the judge or justice shall

    • (a) cause the information or indictment to be read to the young person;

    • (b) if the young person is not represented by counsel, inform the young person of the right to retain and instruct counsel; and

    • (c) if notified under subsection 64(2) (intention to seek adult sentence) or if section 16 (status of accused uncertain) applies, inform the young person that the youth justice court might, if the young person is found guilty, order that an adult sentence be imposed.

    • (d) [Repealed, 2012, c. 1, s. 170]

  • Marginal note:Waiver

    (2) A young person may waive the requirements of subsection (1) if the young person is represented by counsel and counsel advises the court that the young person has been informed of that provision.

  • Marginal note:Young person not represented by counsel

    (3) When a young person is not represented by counsel, the youth justice court, before accepting a plea, shall

    • (a) satisfy itself that the young person understands the charge;

    • (b) if the young person is liable to an adult sentence, explain to the young person the consequences of being liable to an adult sentence and the procedure by which the young person may apply for an order that a youth sentence be imposed; and

    • (c) explain that the young person may plead guilty or not guilty to the charge or, if subsection 67(1) (election of court for trial — adult sentence) or (3) (election of court for trial in Nunavut — adult sentence) applies, explain that the young person may elect to be tried by a youth justice court judge without a jury and without having a preliminary inquiry, or to have a preliminary inquiry and be tried by a judge without a jury, or to have a preliminary inquiry and be tried by a court composed of a judge and jury and, in either of the latter two cases, a preliminary inquiry will only be conducted if requested by the young person or the prosecutor.

  • Marginal note:If youth justice court not satisfied

    (4) If the youth justice court is not satisfied that a young person understands the charge, the court shall, unless the young person must be put to his or her election under subsection 67(1) (election of court for trial — adult sentence) or, with respect to Nunavut, subsection 67(3) (election of court for trial in Nunavut — adult sentence), enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of the young person and proceed with the trial in accordance with subsection 36(2) (young person pleads not guilty).

  • Marginal note:If youth justice court not satisfied

    (5) If the youth justice court is not satisfied that a young person understands the matters set out in subsection (3), the court shall direct that the young person be represented by counsel.

 

  • 2002, c. 1, s. 32, c. 13, s. 91;

  •  2012, c. 1, s. 170.

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