Seminar: “An Introduction to the Youth Criminal Justice Act” with Emma Rhodes


11am MST, Friday, 17 June 2022

So you want to represent a youth charged with criminal offences? It’s not just a matter of knowing the criminal law. The Youth Criminal Justice Act sets out a host of different evidentiary rules, procedures and penalties where young offenders are concerned. If you want to do your client justice, you need to understand how things change when your client is under 18 years of age. In this seminar, Emma Rhodes will give you a detailed overview of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, providing insight into what you need to watch out for when dealing with teens and young adults.

Emma Rhodes

Emma Rhodes practices in Toronto and has over twenty years of experience working with youth charged with criminal offences. She is a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for child protection, custody and access, minor parents, Voluntary Youth Service Agreements (VYSA), and secure treatment hearings. Emma is on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section, and sits on Legal Aid Ontario’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee and Criminal Law Youth Panel Standards Advisory Committee. Emma was an Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught Trial Advocacy from 2010 to 2016, and was an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from 2012 to 2014 for a course on Youth Criminal Justice. She is the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s representative for youth criminal justice issues for all of Ontario.

Emma was selected to be part of the Ministry of Attorney General’s Independent Legal Advice panel for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program. Emma is co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases (Edmond Publishing) and a contributing editor for Wilson on Children and the Law (LexisNexis), and for Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (LexisNexis). She was the recipient of the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award in 2019 for representing each of the three pillars of the TLA – knowledge, community and advocacy.

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