Youth Criminal Justice Act (S.C. 2002, c. 1)

Act current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

Evidence

Marginal note:General law on admissibility of statements to apply
  •  (1) Subject to this section, the law relating to the admissibility of statements made by persons accused of committing offences applies in respect of young persons.

  • Marginal note:When statements are admissible

    (2) No oral or written statement made by a young person who is less than eighteen years old, to a peace officer or to any other person who is, in law, a person in authority, on the arrest or detention of the young person or in circumstances where the peace officer or other person has reasonable grounds for believing that the young person has committed an offence is admissible against the young person unless

    • (a) the statement was voluntary;

    • (b) the person to whom the statement was made has, before the statement was made, clearly explained to the young person, in language appropriate to his or her age and understanding, that

      • (i) the young person is under no obligation to make a statement,

      • (ii) any statement made by the young person may be used as evidence in proceedings against him or her,

      • (iii) the young person has the right to consult counsel and a parent or other person in accordance with paragraph (c), and

      • (iv) any statement made by the young person is required to be made in the presence of counsel and any other person consulted in accordance with paragraph (c), if any, unless the young person desires otherwise;

    • (c) the young person has, before the statement was made, been given a reasonable opportunity to consult

      • (i) with counsel, and

      • (ii) with a parent or, in the absence of a parent, an adult relative or, in the absence of a parent and an adult relative, any other appropriate adult chosen by the young person, as long as that person is not a co-accused, or under investigation, in respect of the same offence; and

    • (d) if the young person consults a person in accordance with paragraph (c), the young person has been given a reasonable opportunity to make the statement in the presence of that person.

  • Marginal note:Exception in certain cases for oral statements

    (3) The requirements set out in paragraphs (2)(b) to (d) do not apply in respect of oral statements if they are made spontaneously by the young person to a peace officer or other person in authority before that person has had a reasonable opportunity to comply with those requirements.

  • Marginal note:Waiver of right to consult

    (4) A young person may waive the rights under paragraph (2)(c) or (d) but any such waiver

    • (a) must be recorded on video tape or audio tape; or

    • (b) must be in writing and contain a statement signed by the young person that he or she has been informed of the right being waived.

  • Marginal note:Waiver of right to consult

    (5) When a waiver of rights under paragraph (2)(c) or (d) is not made in accordance with subsection (4) owing to a technical irregularity, the youth justice court may determine that the waiver is valid if it is satisfied that the young person was informed of his or her rights, and voluntarily waived them.

  • Marginal note:Admissibility of statements

    (6) When there has been a technical irregularity in complying with paragraphs (2)(b) to (d), the youth justice court may admit into evidence a statement referred to in subsection (2), if satisfied that the admission of the statement would not bring into disrepute the principle that young persons are entitled to enhanced procedural protection to ensure that they are treated fairly and their rights are protected.

  • Marginal note:Statements made under duress are inadmissible

    (7) A youth justice court judge may rule inadmissible in any proceedings under this Act a statement made by the young person in respect of whom the proceedings are taken if the young person satisfies the judge that the statement was made under duress imposed by any person who is not, in law, a person in authority.

  • Marginal note:Misrepresentation of age

    (8) A youth justice court judge may in any proceedings under this Act rule admissible any statement or waiver by a young person if, at the time of the making of the statement or waiver,

    • (a) the young person held himself or herself to be eighteen years old or older;

    • (b) the person to whom the statement or waiver was made conducted reasonable inquiries as to the age of the young person and had reasonable grounds for believing that the young person was eighteen years old or older; and

    • (c) in all other circumstances the statement or waiver would otherwise be admissible.

  • Marginal note:Parent, etc., not a person in authority

    (9) For the purpose of this section, a person consulted under paragraph (2)(c) is, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, deemed not to be a person in authority.