Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 18
- Grade: 5 to 12
In this practical guide to the law for young people of Canada, Ned Lecic and Marvin Zuker provide an all-encompassing manual meant to empower and educate children and youth and those that serve them. The authors address questions about how rights and laws affect the lives of young people at home, at school, at work, and in their relationships as they draw attention to the many ways in which a person’s life can intersect with the law. Deliberately refraining from taking a moral approach, the authors instead advocate for the rights of children and provide examples of how young people can get their legal rights enforced. In addition to being critical information for youth about citizenship, The Law is (Not) for Kids is a valuable resource for teachers, counsellors, lawyers, and all those who support youth in their encounters with the law.
About the authors
Ned Lecic is a tutor, writer, copy editor, and translator
Marvin Zuker, co-author of The Law is Not for Women (1976) with June Callwood, was appointed a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978. Zuker, known for his seminal verdict in a sexual assault case where he found the defendant guilty, is associate professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Excerpt: The Law is (Not) for Kids: A Legal Rights Guide for Canadian Children and Teens (by (author) Ned Lecic & Marvin A. Zuker)
“Should youth care about the law?” This is a question some of you might have as you open this book. Is the law something that is only interesting to adults and plays no part in your life? The answer is that it’s the law that lays down what rights and responsibilities you have but it also gives people different rights and responsibilities at different ages. If you don’t know what your legal responsibilities are, you can get into trouble when you don’t carry them out. If you don’t know what your legal rights are, you won’t be able to get people to respect them. So, yes, you should certainly care about the law. It’s useful and often important to know how it works and to have some idea of what rules it lays down and what rights and responsibilities it gives you.