This Handbook is intended to be an easy to read overview of the key aspects of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. While we have tried to anticipate many of your questions and concerns about the Act, there will undoubtedly be specific circumstances and questions that will not be addressed in this handbook.

If you are responsible for, or dealing with, a youth who has become involved with the youth justice system, you are strongly advised to contact a criminal lawyer and make an appointment. Many lawyers will offer a free initial consultation to determine your best needs.

If you require some additional basic information about the Act, please feel free to contact your local John Howard Society. The Alberta based societies are listed below. Please note that we do not offer legal advice, nor suggest particular law firms or lawyers.

Calgary John Howard Society
917 – 9th Avenue SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0S5
Ph: (403) 266 4566
Edmonton John Howard Society
#401, 10010 – 105 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 1C4
Ph: (780) 428 – 7590
Lethbridge John Howard Society
#07, 909 – 3rd Avenue N
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4K3
Ph: (403) 327 – 8202
Grande Prairie John Howard Society
9909 – 112 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 1V5
Ph: (780) 532 - 0373
Medicine Hat John Howard Society
#208, 535 – 3rd Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0H2
Ph: (403) 526 – 5916
Red Deer John Howard Society
4916 – 50 Street
Red Deer, AB T4N 1X7
Ph: (403) 343 – 1770
John Howard Society of Alberta
2nd Floor, 10523 – 100 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 0A8
Ph: (780) 423 – 4878