The B.C. Liberal government proposal to broadcast court proceedings arising out of the Stanley Cup riots seemed no more than a gimmick at first, contrived to generate headlines from an otherwise lacklustre legislative agenda.
“This breakdown in civil order requires that justice be done and that it also be seen to be done,” declared the speech from the throne Monday. “The government respectfully asks and has requested Crown counsel to advocate for television and radio access to the courts during proceedings for those charged in relation to the Stanley Cup riot.” -Vaughn Palmer
Christy had this to say about the Vancouver Rioters:
"The reason we’ve made this request is because those criminals committed those crimes in public,” she declared, “and they attacked our fundamental sense of community safety in doing so.” -Vancouver Sun, Vaughn Palmer October 6, 2011
Criminal law matters relating to young persons (those aged 12 through 17) are dealt with by the Youth Criminal Justice Act which provides for different procedures and punishments than those applicable to adults. It also provides that in some serious cases youths may be treated like adults for sentencing and other purposes.
From CanLII- Criminal Code.........: Search for 175
175. (1) Every one who(a) not being in a dwelling-house, causes a disturbance in or near a public place,(i) by fighting, screaming, shouting, swearing, singing or using insulting or obscene language,(ii) by being drunk, or(iii) by impeding or molesting other persons,(b) openly exposes or exhibits an indecent exhibition in a public place,(c) loiters in a public place and in any way obstructs persons who are in that place, or(d) disturbs the peace and quiet of the occupants of a dwelling-house by discharging firearms or by other disorderly conduct in a public place or who, not being an occupant of a dwelling-house comprised in a particular building or structure, disturbs the peace and quiet of the occupants of a dwelling-house comprised in the building or structure by discharging firearms or by other disorderly conduct in any part of a building or structure to which, at the time of such conduct, the occupants of two or more dwelling-houses comprised in the building or structure have access as of right or by invitation, express or implied,is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Evidence of peace officer(2) In the absence of other evidence, or by way of corroboration of other evidence, a summary conviction court may infer from the evidence of a peace officer relating to the conduct of a person or persons, whether ascertained or not, that a disturbance described in paragraph (1)(a) or (d) or an obstruction described in paragraph (1)(c) was caused or occurred.
- R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 175;
- 1997, c. 18, s. 6.
Obstructing or violence to or arrest of officiating clergyman