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Juvenile Law

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A formal finding by the juvenile court; guilty plea/admission.
Analogous to an adult “conviction”
It is the transfer of legal responsibility over the child to the state and often includes placement in a private or state-run facility.
The charging document filed in juvenile court by the state.
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Juveniles charged with delinquent acts may be detained by court order pending an adjudicatory and/or disposition hearing.
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A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
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Act committed in violation of a law that is punishable by fine or prison sentence.
Findings of a jury on issues submitted to it for decision
A portion of the “initial hearing,” interchangeable with the term “presentment,” in which the youth is brought to court and read the formal charges against him or her that are alleged in the petition.
A portion of the “initial hearing,” interchangeable with the term “presentment,” in which the youth is brought to court and read the formal charges against him or her that are alleged in the petition.
Goal of Juvenile Court is to help the juvenile change behavior by providing support, consequences, and programs.
A collection of records regarding the juvenile’s familial, occupational, educational, and community background.
A form of substitute care, usually in a home licensed by a public agency, for children whose welfare requires that they be removed from their own homes.
A temporary service provided by States for children who cannot live with their families.
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Lit., "In the place of the parent"; refers to actions of a custodian, guardian or other person acting in the parent's place and stead.
"in the place of a parent" refers to the legal responsibility of a person or organization to take on some of the functions and responsibilities of a parent.
The juvenile equivalent of an adult sentence, a final decision as to how a juvenile’s case is handled after an adjudication.
Proceeding similar to "sentencing" phase of adult trial.
A hearing held in juvenile court to determine the fitness of a minor for retention in juvenile court, and the minor's amenability to juvenile court resources.
A child who commits an act that is contrary to the law by virtue of the offenders status as a child.
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A minor who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court for a delinquent act, status offense, or an allegation or finding of abuse, neglect, or dependency.
The percent of formally processed cases end in adjudication.
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Anyone of the ages 13-19. However, a juvenile is 18 or under in most states.
Act that violates the law. In Juvenile Court, used instead of the term crime.
A chemical that interacts with the body and alters normal body and mind functioning
A less serious crime punishable for no more than 90 days and/or fine of $1,000.
An attorney or advocate appointed by a court to represent the best interests of a child in court proceedings, including juvenile delinquency cases.
Also known as “parole” in some jurisdictions
A group of youth who gather to participate in criminal behaviour with the purpose of gaining power, recognition and control.
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