CBA Child and Youth Law Online Symposium 

Sep. 1, 2023

CBA Child and Youth Law Online Symposium

CBA Child and Youth Law Online Symposium

Presented by the CBA Child and Youth Law Section

Registration Fees

Best Practices in Youth Criminal Justice Practice and Administration:
National, International and Indigenous Perspectives

Join the CBA Child and Youth Law section for a national symposium on the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) administration across Canada. Hear from a pan Canadian faculty of defense counsel, crown prosecutors, judges, and academics as they identify best practices in their jurisdictions, address problems and gaps and discuss how a collective consideration of all can lead to substantial improvement and consistency across Canada.

TBA | 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM ET

11:00 pm–11:15 am

Welcome & Introduction
Mary Birdsell, Symposium Chair

11:15 am–12:30 pm
What’s Working and What Isn’t: Best Practices and Gaps in YCJA Practice and Administration Across Canadian Jurisdictions

Join an important discussion about practices that best serve to ensure that the requirements and aspirations of the YCJA, and the best possible outcomes for young people, victims and communities, are realised. Hear how some jurisdictions are getting it right and what needs to be done to improve the quality and consistency of YCJA practice and administration across jurisdictions.



12:30 pm–1:00 pm


1:00 pm–2:30 pm
Child Rights and Child Friendly Justice Standards in Youth Criminal Justice Administration in Canada

Understand the evolving standards of child friendly justice, the guidance from the Committee on the Rights of the Child in implementing child rights in the area of youth criminal justice, and the Global Initiative on Justice with Children.

Explore how to better align Canadian legal practice in this field with global standards and practices: Topics will include:

  • Avoiding prosecutions of 12 and 13 year olds,
  • The special measures required to address criminogenic behaviour below the age of criminal responsibility,
  • Diverting charges involving neurodevelopmentally delayed youth,
  • Avoiding the use of mandatory minimum sentences to justify raising young offenders to adult court,
  • Improving the use of case-conferencing as the default mechanism to address young people’s offending behaviour while improving child participation and meaningful accountability.



2:30 pm–3:00 pm


3:00 pm–4:25 pm
Improving Outcomes for Black, Indigenous and Other Racial Minority Youth in the Administration of Youth Criminal Justice in Canada

Recognizing the inappropriate over representation of Indigenous and Black young people in the youth criminal justice system in Canada, our panel will identify best practices from various jurisdictions and why they work. We know that one of the consequences of colonialism is the over-representation of indigenous and black young people in the youth criminal justice system.

We also know that the details of this over-representation looks different in different parts of the country. Hear about the initiatives and practices that aim to improve outcomes for Indigenous, Black and racialized young people and how they address the devastating impacts of colonialism, meaningfully work toward truth and reconciliation, and improve outcomes for young people and communities.



4:25 pm–4:30 pm

Closing Remarks
Sarah Dehenne, Chair
, CBA Child & Youth Law Section


Registration fees for the entire 1-day symposium

CBA Members: $179
CBA Young Lawyer Members (<5 years): $139
CBA Student Members: $79
Non-Members: $349
Government: $259
Plus applicable taxes

Group Rates For Firms / Organizations

5 – 9 registrants = 10% discount
10 – 19 registrants = 15% discount
20+ = 20% discount
To take advantage of the discount, please contact:


Unless otherwise specified, sessions will be presented in English.
Registrants will receive on-demand recording(s) following the symposium.


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