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Over the past few years, the federal government made a number of proposals for replacing the Young Offenders Act with a new Youth Criminal Justice Act. The first attempt at amending the Act was Bill C-3. ALST appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on March 1, 2000, to present our views on
the bill.

Bill C-3 was replaced in 2001, by Bill C-7. The House of Commons did not hold hearings into the bill, as they felt it was similar to C-3. ALST appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on October 23, 2001, to put forward our concerns regarding the bill.

Brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Transcript of Committee Hearing Appearance

Transcript of Committee Hearing Appearance

In both our submissions we stressed the need for the new Act to include provisions equivalent to section 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code - the Gladue section. This section was absent in both drafts of the bill. Thanks in part to our submissions the Senate amended the bill to include a s. 718.2(e) section in the new
Youth Criminal Justice Act.

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Youth Criminal Justice Act

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