juvenile court


Definition of juvenile court

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

Examples of juvenile court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adkins, who was 19 at the time of the spree, worked often with his younger brothers whose cases were handled in juvenile court, Thomas said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man who likened himself to actor Paul Walker in The Fast and the Furious movies gets 20 years in prison for crime spree," 7 Nov. 2019 After processing, they were both released to their parents pending an appearance in juvenile court at a later date, Det. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Allegations of racial abuse at high school football game 'egregious,' New Jersey police chief says," 22 Oct. 2019 In juvenile court, proceedings are closed to the public and records are sealed. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "New law bars public from courtrooms when teens are charged with the most serious felonies," 13 Oct. 2019 They will be filed on in juvenile court for the theft offense. cleveland.com, "Fired employee demands immediate payment: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 6 Sep. 2019 Both were in custody early Monday and were expected to appear in juvenile court later in the day. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Police: Attack on Rockville High School student was result of ongoing disputes, threats and violence between two groups," 17 Sep. 2019 That tension plays out thousands of times a year in juvenile court, mostly unscrutinized by those outside the system. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy on Wednesday said there’s a ‘‘better way to go forward’’ than to take the child to juvenile court. BostonGlobe.com, "Charge dropped against 10-year-old boy in playground injury," 31 July 2019 Judge Beverly Wood rejected Wade’s petition to send his case back to juvenile court for prosecution, a move that could have eased his sentence considerably. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "Prop. 57: Marin judge denies Max Wade’s bid for juvenile do-over," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of juvenile court

1899, in the meaning defined above

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17 Nov 2019

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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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