1. Juvenile Court Proceedings
Petition Process Flowchart--(PDF)
If a child agrees to be assigned to one of the Court's alternative programs or is found (by jury, non-jury trial or plea) to be guilty of a delinquent offense, the Court determines and provides a plan for that child that combines accountability for the specific offense and services to help the child not commit future offenses.
To develop and implement these plans, the Court is staffed by specialists who provide assessment, case management, surveillance, educational, therapeutic, guidance and probationary services to delinquent offenders and their families. Besides using its own resources, the Court taps an unlimited range of community programs, the Department of Human Services and private providers of juvenile treatment options to accomplish its rehabilitative mission.
In juvenile proceedings, the Juvenile Court has authority over the parents of each child in the jurisdiction of the Court and may acquire jurisdiction of any adult found to have an affect on such child's health, safety and morals.
In all delinquency proceedings, children and victims have the same constitutional rights as in criminal court.
2. Criminal Court Proceedings (Waiver)
Waiver is the process for giving jurisdiction to the criminal court to try a juvenile as an adult. There are two kinds of waivers:
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