Comparison of Case Processing Under the Young Offenders Act and the First Six Months of the Youth Criminal Justice Act


Table 4: High Frequency Charges before and after the YCJA, by Court Location
  Halifax Toronto & Scarborough Winnipeg Edmonton Vancouver & Surrey Total
  YOA
sample
YCJA
sample
YOA
sample
YCJA
sample
YOA
sample
YCJA
sample
YOA
sample
YCJA
sample
YOA
sample
YCJA
sample
YOA
sample
YCJA
sample
  % of cases involving each high frequency charge
Total number on which percentages are based 341 58 398 58 369 76 416 114 319 81 1843 387
Less serious assault (assault level 1) charge 13.5 19.0 17.3 19.0 9.8 3.9 9.9 5.3 16.0* 7.4* 13.2* 9.6*
Theft under charge 29.0* 10.3* 12.1 15.5 17.3 19.7 24.3* 13.2* 20.4* 8.6* 20.5* 13.4*
Possession under charge 20.5* 8.6* 11.6 13.8 5.4* 0* 7.7 10.5 6.6 2.4 10.3* 7.0*
Mischief under charge 12.9 12.1 6.3 5.2 7.0 10.5 8.9 4.4 10.7 4.9 9.0 7.0
Administration of justice charges  
probation breach 17.6* 34.5* 8.5 5.2 13.3 13.2 18.3 20.2 17.6* 40.7* 14.9* 23.0*
bail violation 8.2* 17.2* 10.8 19.0 20.6 11.8 13.5* 39.5* 1.6 3.7 11.3* 20.2*

Note:

* Shaded pairs are statistically significant at p<.05, according to the chi-square statistic.