juvenile court


Definition of juvenile court 

: a court that has special jurisdiction over delinquent and dependent children usually up to the age of 18

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Between Harlington, McAllen, and Brownsville, Texas, Stern visited a border crossing, a respite center for weary immigrants just freed from detention, and a juvenile court to discover how UNICEF can work to keep kids there safe and protected. Caryl Stern, Marie Claire, "I Witnessed the Horrors Immigrant Children Experience at the Border," 25 July 2018 She’s been charged in juvenile court, according to FOX 19. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "An Ohio Teen Has Been Charged With Homicide After Crashing Her Tesla on the Way to Prom," 16 July 2018 Authorities charged six students in juvenile court with misdemeanor assault and two coaches were fired. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Maine West High School principal announces retirement," 29 June 2018 The 16-year-old has been charged in juvenile court several times, according to police records. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "When he was arrested for murder, the 16-year-old's parents were nowhere to be found.," 29 June 2018 The Marion County prosecutor's office said the case is pending in juvenile court. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Police: Teen injured in weekend shooting at Lawrence party not expected to survive," 13 June 2018 Klineburger said Young has not made any official pleas and that the juvenile court judge will determine what happens next on a date to be determined. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "Former Imhotep football star Isheem Young to admit to robbery in juvenile court," 23 May 2018 In 2015, the Alameda County juvenile court decided the father could return home. Maura Dolan, latimes.com, "California Supreme Court clarifies use of testimony by young children," 27 Apr. 2018 The two 17-year-olds were charged with first-degree larceny and interfering with police and were referred to New Britain juvenile court. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Teens Arrested After 13-Mile Chase From Hartford In Stolen Car," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of juvenile court

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of juvenile court was in 1899

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Legal Definition of juvenile court 

: a court that has jurisdiction over juvenile delinquency proceedings or other civil proceedings involving minors or juveniles — compare family court

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