We use the word "majority" because the law considers adults to be responsible for the majority of their actions. Some actions are out of anyone's control, like getting sick or dying, for example.But when you are old enough to be held legally responsible for most of your actions, you've crossed the age of majority.
Such a legal arrangement is called a stay of adjudication.
It means a defendant won’t be adjudicated as guilty, as long as he or she complies with the court’s conditions.
The following current comment concerning lobbying of the Minister of Justice can be found at their website at "little progress has been made in the age of consent issue. Protecting children means that there can be no defenses for having sex with them .
The focus on the relationship and the perpetrator's behavior is a plus but it is still legal for a 45 year old man to have sex with a 14 year old boy or girl - that is a fact . And this new legislation does not limit the defence sufficiently.
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what happens if both parties are under the age of 18? I think young children from the ages of 12 to 18 are already suffering from enough confusion, hypocrisy and frustration that was brought on by the Young Offenders Act. You can smoke at 16 (bylaw that is still in effect) but you can't buy the stuff until you are 19, you can't drink until you are 19 (unless you are in your own home and your parent allows you to), you can't buy a lotto ticket until you are 18 yet you can get a driver's license at 16 (graduated at that) which can seriously harm or even kill someone and you can't vote until you are 18.There are laws in Canada that restrict who can engage in sexual activity.These laws view sexual activity as more than just vaginal sex.This page explains the details of age of consent and the exceptions.Note: The information below is not intended to be legal advice.For example, the rules might state: "To enter, you must be a resident of the United States or Canadia above the age of majority in your state or province."But what does that term really mean?