Extrajudicial Sanctions Program for Youth

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The Extrajudicial Sanctions Program for Youth provides an alternative to the traditional court process for youth charged with certain offences set under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. It offers youth the opportunity to participate in making amends to their victims and the community and is based on the values and principles of restorative justice. A mediated discussion takes place with the intent of repairing harm and deterring youth from further criminal activity. The goal is to address the underlying issues that led to the offence and focus on providing them with education, information and support to reduce future involvement with the justice system. On successful completion, the charge is withdrawn by the courts.