Youth Justice Committee (YJC)
The YJC Program is a program initiated by the Ministry of the Attorney General. It provides an alternative to formal court proceedings when dealing with young people alleged to have committed certain offences.
Youth Justice Committees involve trained community members who meet with persons harmed, accused young people and their parents/caregivers to negotiate an appropriate way for the young person to make amends for his or her actions. Youth Justice Committees provide an increased opportunity for persons harmed and the broader community to have a role in dealing with offences committed by young persons.
- Youth who reside in Peel, Toronto or Dufferin County
- Youth between their 12th and 18th birthday at the time of the offence
- Youth who take responsibility for the offence and want to make amends by completing agreed-upon responsibilities
- Youth who have a parent or other responsible adult who agrees to participate in the process