What are the Extrajudicial Sanctions & Measures Programs?

Extrajudicial Sanctions Program

Referrals from court through the Crown Prosecutor’s office. A charge may be laid and court date adjourned (set over to a future date) to accommodate the completion of this program. 90-day contract with youth justice to complete sanctions. Youth is required to attend all scheduled court dates. If successful the charges will be withdrawn. If unsuccessful the matter is returned to the courts for possible prosecution.

Extrajudicial Measures Program

Direct referrals from the RCMP. A charge hasn’t been laid and matter diverted to a community program. 45-day contract with youth. If successful the matter is concluded. If unsuccessful the file is returned to police for further action and possible charges.

Referred offenders are normally residents of the City of Red Deer, attending school in the City of Red Deer, or have committed the offense in the City of Red Deer. However, the RDYJ Committee may agree to hear cases from outside this jurisdiction where circumstances warrant.


Alternative Option

An alternative for young offenders between the ages of 12 and 18, who accept responsibility for the actions for which they have been charged.

Community Involvement

They encourage families of affected youth, and the community to become actively involved in the design and implementation of sanctions.

Timely Response

They provide an effective and timely response to offending behaviour without having to go through the formality of the court system.

Victim Restitution

They provide opportunities for victims to be involved, and in some cases to receive restitution.

Encourage Change

They encourage youth to acknowledge and repair the harm and negative implications caused to the victims and the community.

Appropriate consequence for actions rendered.

They respect the rights and freedoms of youth, and design measures (sanctions) proportionate to the seriousness and circumstances of the offence.

* 90% of youth successfully complete the program. It is the most effective intervention program with life-long benefits for youth who would otherwise carry the burden of a criminal record.


Once a case has been referred to the Youth Justice Committee the youth is required to attend a panel hearing. This hearing is arranged with the YJC Panel Coordinator.

Panels are conducted by Volunteers with the Red Deer Youth Justice Committee. A parent, guardian or responsible adult should attend the hearing with the youth. The Panel Coordinator will confirm your Panel location and time. These panels are usually held in Room 111 in the Provincial Building which is located at 4920—51 Street. The South Entrance Doors are locked at 4:30pm – please wait for a Panel Member to let you in.

If applicable, the Panel Coordinator may ask for the following documents to be brought to the panel hearing, although not always required.

  • Report Cards
  • Progress Reports
  • Reference Letters

The process is a conversation between youth, parents and panel members. Although panel members have access to the police report they will ask youth to explain what happened; they will ask youth and parent questions for clarity, listen and discuss the circumstances surrounding the offence. The youth must take responsibility for their actions and the offence they are charged with. Collectively, panel members, youth and parent/guardian will decide and then reach an agreement on the consequences (usually three conditions) which the youth will be required to complete within a specified amount of time (90 days court referral, 45 days police referral). The youth must sign the agreement and will be given a copy.

Some of those example of consequences can be the following below:

Apology letters
Essays or Posters
Referral to Counseling
Community Service
Donation to Charity
Referral to a Program
Personal Service
Financial Restitution to victim

If the youth is successful his/her file is returned to the referral agency (courts or police) and no further legal action is taken.

If the youth is unsuccessful his/her file is returned to the  referral agency (courts or police) who may continue with legal proceedings.