Canadian Youth Court and Adult Criminal Court Statistics, 2006/2007

Statistics Canada just released its youth court and adult criminal court statistics for 2006/2007. Key findings:

Youth court:

  • Fewer young people have been appearing before a judge since the enactment of the Youth Criminal Justice Act in April 2003, and fewer are being sent to custody.
  • The youth court caseload has declined in every province and territory since the introduction of the Act.
  • The proportion of cases in which young people either pleaded guilty, or were found guilty, has been gradually declining.

Adult criminal court:

  • Cases in adult criminal courts are taking longer to complete.
  • Fewer cases are being disposed of in adult criminal court each year.
  • Nearly half of the cases completed in¬†2006/2007¬†involved crimes against the person and crimes against property.

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