juvenile court

noun

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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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 According to the Hamilton County juvenile court, he was admitted to a youth detention center Tuesday afternoon. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Second arrest made in killing of Purcell Marian student Gregory Thompson, Jr.," 9 Mar. 2018 In the past five years, there were 1,069 cases where juveniles were charged as adults, 43 percent which were eventually transferred back to juvenile court. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Report: Baltimore juvenile arrests down 46%, but more youths charged with violent crimes," 28 June 2018

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1899, in the meaning defined above

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juvenile court

noun

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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