Youth Records

Like adults, a youth who is found guilty of a crime will have a criminal record. Information about his or her criminal history is kept in a file. Only certain people can read the youth’s criminal record:

  • The youth
  • The victim
  • A police officer
  • A Crown prosecutor
  • A judge
  • The youth worker
  • The youth’s parents or guardian
  • The youth’s lawyer
  • The Attorney General of the Province
  • The director of a jail
  • The youth’s school supervisor

Having a criminal record can prevent a youth who wants to travel outside of Canada or study at some universities. The convicted youth will usually have a record for 3 to 5 years after his or her last youth sentence is over. Sometimes the record is kept longer if the offence was very serious. Learn more about youth records.

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