"Mixing youths and adults accused of crimes at a new downtown courthouse could expose minors to exploitation", TLA President Dirk Derstine tells AdvocateDaily.com in a recent interview.
Derstine, a criminal lawyer who recently assumed the presidency of the TLA, says one of his priorities in the role concerns the “mega-courthouse” planned for downtown Toronto. With a tentative completion date of 2021, the $1-billion courthouse slated for Armoury Street is due to consolidate most of the city’s criminal courts, including the dedicated youth court, currently housed at 311 Jarvis St. But Derstine says a site designed for adults is no place for children as young as 12 to appear when accused of crimes.
“The TLA believes that youths should not be treated as if they were adults, and in fact, the Criminal Code mandates that they are not,” he says. Read the full article.