Legal representation of children in Canada: J2-422/2016E-PDF

The focus of this paper is on the legal representation of children (i.e. the situations and circumstances in which a lawyer acts on behalf of a child and not where the child is heard directly by the court or through an intermediary who is not a lawyer). It is one piece of a much larger discussion as to how our society defines, upholds, advances and protects the rights of children. This paper seeks to answer the following questions: 1. When is legal representation available for children? 2. What legislation have provinces and territories enacted regarding the legal representation of children? 3. What is the role of the lawyer when representing children (amicus curiae, guardian ad litem, or advocate)? 4. In what circumstances is the lawyer independent or a government lawyer? 5. Have guidelines been created for lawyers who represent children?

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Department/Agency Department of Justice.
Title Legal representation of children in Canada
Publication Type Monograph
Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
Format Electronic
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Note Issued also in French under title: La représentation juridique des enfants au Canada. “Presented to: The Family, Children and Youth Section, Department of Justice Canada, 2015.”
Date c2016.
Number of Pages 136, [12] p. :
ISBN 978-0-660-0477-75
Catalogue Number
  • J2-422/2016E-PDF
Subject Terms Children, Legal rights