On February 4, 2002, the House of Commons passed Bill C-7, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) which came into force on April 1, 2003 and replaced the Young Offenders Act (YOA). The YCJA is a vast piece of legislation with numerous intricacies affecting how people under 18 are prosecuted in Canada.
Many seasoned criminal lawyers have little to no understanding of the YCJA. There are numerous remedies and outcomes that may be available to young persons who have been charged criminally, which are not available to adults facing the same charges.
In Toronto, most young persons are prosecuted at the courthouse located at 311 Jarvis Street. If a young person is charged criminally, he or she should be careful to hire a lawyer who is well acquainted with the YCJA and the professionals operating in the applicable (YCJA) courthouse. Robb has defended numerous individuals at 311 Jarvis. He is very familiar with the YCJA and enjoys amicable relationships with many of the prosecutors at 311 Jarvis.
If you or a loved one has been charged under the YCJA, do not hesitate to contact Robb for a free consultation.
I would like to thank Mr. MacDonald because you worked really hard on this case, over months, and to achieve a really good outcome for your client, and you were professional and wonderful at every stage and I thank you for that.
I cannot leave this case without telling counsel that, as I’m entering a third decade as a judge on this bench, I can count on one hand the number of times I have said what I’m about to say to counsel. Gentlemen, your courtesy, your civility and your professionalism with one another and to the Court in these proceedings is, in my view, a testament to your considerable skills as advocates.
I Feel Like I Owe My Life to Robb. I lost my fiancé, my job, and almost my house when I was first charged with these crimes. It felt like no one stood by me. As soon as I met Robb I had the utmost confidence in him and I knew he was the man for the job. He spent countless hours preparing me for the trial. During the trial, he performed an outstanding cross examination on the man who’d accused me of these crimes. At the end of Robb’s cross examination I knew that no one in the court room believed his side of story. Robb was nothing short of a life-saver.
I had given up hope. I thought there was no way to beat my charges. I spoke to other lawyers before meeting with Robb MacDonald and I was strongly considering entering a guilty plea. When Robb looked at my case, he suggested that we bring a Charter Argument. I didn’t even know what that was. We spent a whole day in court and Robb and the Crown Attorney argued about whether or not my Charter Rights had been violated because I had to wait so long for my trial date. At the end of the day, Robb’s arguments convinced the judge to stay all the charges against me.