JOUR 3333 Lecture Notes - Youth Criminal Justice Act, Open Court Principle, Publication Ban

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Bail hearing often reporters are there certain evidence to particular individuals the judge declares not newsworthy could affect outcome of further proceedings. Jurors could read facts; interfere what they hear and influence their decisions ahead of time. Vulnerable witnesses; victims of sexual assault request made by crown not to publish the name of that person in the paper. Person referred to as young child", 8-year old" info to identify may not be published (name of parents, name of school, etc. ) Why? already in the system as a victim; process already difficult, having the info as general knowledge could harm well-being. Youth criminal justice act want to help youth get back on the right track. By identifying who they are to their peers, the public, is not likely to aid in rehabilitation. If the young person meets the criteria of being sentenced as an adult. Balancing act" open court principle, but has to be balanced with the rights of the citizen.

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