Help and information related to youth criminal law
African Canadian Legal Clinic
Court Prep is an interactive website for young people preparing to testify in court.
The site has an interactive courtroom, witness tips, and information on the justice process.
Department of Justice
Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
The Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL) promotes equity, justice, and opportunity for the Asian Canadian community.
Its Bridge the Gap project has short videos in 7 languages on several youth criminal justice topics such as:
- extrajudicial measures and extrajudicial sanctions
- arrest, detention, and bail
- police searches and arrests
John Howard Society
The John Howard Society of Ontario works with people who are in conflict with the law and offers various services, such as counselling, literacy classes, and employment assistance.
Justice for Children and Youth
Justice for Children and Youth is a legal clinic that specializes in protecting the rights of young people.
Their website has lots of helpful information for young people who have legal issues or problems, including Know Your Rights: A Legal Guide to Your Rights and Responsibilities For People Under 18 and a Guide to Youth Criminal Court in Toronto.
Ministry of Children and Youth Services
Ontario Justice Education Network
The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) promotes understanding, education, and dialogue to support a responsive and inclusive justice system.
OJEN runs justice education programs across the province for elementary and high school students, newcomer, Francophone, and Aboriginal youth, and young people living in high-risk communities. These programs are designed to help young people better understand the legal system and manage legal issues. OJEN also produces free teaching resources for law and civics classes that are available in English and French.
Springboard runs programs for youth and adults that focus on personal development, crime prevention, and building stronger communities.
It offers several programs for young people involved in the criminal justice system, including the Youth Court Action Planning Program, which helps young people and their families access community resources in the early stages of the court process.
Teen Legal Helpline
Your Legal Rights
Support services for youth
Kids Help Phone
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line
The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line is a free peer-support line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited, queer, and questioning youth who are 26 and under and live in Ontario.
The website has information and referral listings.
The support line is available Sundays to Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It can be reached toll-free at 1-800-268-9688, by TTY at 416-962-0777, by text at 647-694-4275, or through online chat. Volunteers also respond to email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Reviewed October 2015)