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Youth Justice Committees of Ontario

Northwestern Ontario - Youth Justice Committee Program

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Acts as an alternative justice program in place of the regular court system for youth in trouble with the law
  • Focus is on repairing the harm done by the crime and requiring the youth to be accountable and accept responsibility/consequences
  • Coordinates a meeting (Youth Justice Conference) between the victim and their supporters, the offender and their parents/supporters and program facilitators
  • Allows each party to tell their story of how the crime involved and affected them
  • Assists all members to form a resolution contract that outlines consequences for the offender such as curfew, compensation, school work and personal and public service, instead of being lawfully charged
NOTE: Offenders who plead innocent must remain in the regular court system
Youth Justice Conference Facilitator
  • Recruits and trains (training provided by Ministry of the Attorney General) volunteers to serve as facilitators of the conferencing process between youth offender, victim and their collective family members and support persons
  • Time commitment varies by number of volunteers and number of cases referred to Youth Justice Committee
Youth Justice Committee Program administered through Firefly Northwest, Dryden
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
  • First-time, low-risk young offenders
  • Offences must be non-violent and
  • Individual must take full responsibility for their actions and
  • Victim must be willing to take part in the program
  • Offender is expected to complete the resolution contract terms within 3 months

Age Requirements: Ages: 12 year(s) - 17 year(s);
Application Process
  • Referrals accepted from Police, the Crown and other agencies authorized by the Attorney General
  • Pre-charge referral accepted from the investigating police officer
  • Post-charge referral accepted from the Crown Attorney
Youth Justice Conference Facilitator
Volunteers required to submit Criminal Records Check and to sign an Oath of Confidentiality
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Legal Status
(30) Provincial Government
Agency Information
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211 Ontario North
Last Verified On
March 20, 2019