Legal representation of children in Canada / prepared by: Debra Lovinsky, Jessica Gagne.: 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 Canada. Department of Justice.
Title Legal representation of children in Canada / prepared by: Debra Lovinsky, Jessica Gagne.
Publication type Monograph
Language [English]
Other language editions [French]
Format Electronic
Electronic document

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Note(s) 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.”
Includes bibliographical references.
Publishing information [Ottawa] : Department of Justice Canada, c2016.
Author / Contributor Lovinsky, Debra.
Gagné, Jessica.
Description 136, [12] p. : tables
ISBN 978-0-660-0477-75
Catalogue number
  • J2-422/2016E-PDF
Subject terms Children, Legal rights

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