Laws, Rules, Decisions

Rules of Procedure

The Custody Review Board does not have tribunal specific rules; however the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) Common Rules of Procedure apply to all SJTO tribunals including the Custody Review Board.

Practice Directions

The SJTO’s Practice Direction on Representation before SJTO supports the Common Rules of Procedure and provides guidance about what the CRB expects of the parties and in turn what the parties can expect of the CRB. They help parties to understand the rules.

Legislation and Regulations

The Custody Review Board’s mandate falls under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) and the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). Section 152 of the CYFSA provides the CRB with the authority to conduct reviews requested by youth in custody or detention.


The Youth Criminal Justice Act prevents the disclosure of personal information about youth involved in the youth justice system. Because of the legislation and the sensitive and confidential nature of information about youth in custody or detention, the CRB’s decision is written in two formats:

  • The parties involved in the application (e.g. you and the Provincial Director) will receive the official version of the decision
  • A second version, which has all identifying information removed (e.g. the facility name, the youth’s name, date of birth, etc.) may be posted on the Canadian Legal Information Institute website where anyone can read it.