Lesson 3: Legal Rights for Youth

Topic 6: Extrajudicial Measures

Youth Rights: Alternative to Court

An extrajudicial measure (extra = outside of; judicial = court) is a way of dealing with a youth who has broken the law, instead of going to court. For non-violent offences, police and Crown counsel have the authority to recommend extrajudicial measures if you accept responsibility for the wrongdoing.

Extrajudicial measures mean you get some punishment for your actions but you will not go through the court system. You have to freely agree to participate in an extrajudicial measures program. You have the right to see a lawyer before making that decision.

You might have to:

  • Help clean up the damage you caused
  • Write a letter of apology to the person who was affected
  • See a counsellor to get some help with your behaviour
  • Do some hours of community service

If you complete the program you will not get a youth justice court record.

Scenario from “Tagging” Video

Yuri is talking to friends about what happened to his older brother Martin when Martin was caught by police painting graffiti on the community centre. This was Martin’s first offence.

Martin owned up right away and said he knew he’d done wrong.  The police officer didn’t arrest him.  Instead, the police officer talked to him about something called extrajudicial measures. View the video on the LegalRights4U website.