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Basics of the YCJA for Lawyers
This 2-hour training session on the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) is designed for lawyers. This training session is developed by the Department of Justice Canada with the purpose of providing insight into the YCJA and its principles, with an emphasis on the recent amendments to the YCJA following former Bill C-75.

This training session will allow participants to better understand and contextualize the principles of the YCJA, recent amendments to the Act, the reasoning and objectives behind these amendments, administration of justice offences, diversion methods, as well as bail and sentencing principles and conditions.

The instructor for this course, Sandra Couture, is a member of the Quebec Bar who works with Justice Canada in the Youth Justice and Strategic Initiative Section where she provides legal and policy advice on all matters related to the YCJA and Canada’s youth justice system.

**Please note this training session will NOT be recorded.**

Participants in this training session may claim up to 2 hours of CPD with LSBC.

Oct 20, 2020 12:30 PM in Vancouver

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Sandra Couture
Counsel for Justice Canada in the Youth Justice & Strategic Initiative Section @Department of Justice Canada
Sandra Couture articled with legal aid as a counsel for children involved in custody disputes & international abduction matters before Quebec Superior Courts. At the beginning of her legal career, she worked as a defense counsel, representing children, youth & parents involved in child protection & youth criminal cases. For 11 years, she was corporate counsel for the Director of Youth Protection & Provincial Director of the Integrated Health and Social Services Centre where she was a litigator in child protection, youth criminal & mental health matters. For the last 2 years, she was entrusted with all Indigenous youth matters, working closely with Indigenous communities & workers. She has also been teaching a human rights course at the Québec Bar School since 2018. Since September 2019, Sandra has been Counsel for Justice Canada in the Youth Justice & Strategic initiative section where she provides legal & policy advice on Youth Criminal Justice Act & Canada’s youth justice system.