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 The jury could still convict the teen of firearms offenses in either case, but any guilty finding other than first-degree murder would allow his attorneys to ask for the case to be transferred to juvenile court for sentencing. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 17 July 2023 An 18-year-old man who was charged in the 2020 fatal shooting of rising Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke admitted to killing him during a home-invasion robbery at a Hollywood Hills home in juvenile court Friday (May 12), according to City News Service. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 13 May 2023 The teen was later convicted in juvenile court in both assaults and is serving his sentence. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 Benton County Circuit Judge Robin Green previously denied a request to transfer Ochoa's case to juvenile court. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2023 He was banned from all Mayfield City schools and events and will be filed on in juvenile court. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland, 12 Sep. 2023 The Daily Mail reported that Franke appeared via video from a Utah jail on Thursday for a separate hearing held in juvenile court. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 8 Sep. 2023 The 14-year-old appeared in juvenile court Tuesday where authorities upgraded the charges. Clifford Ward, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2023 The case has been filed in juvenile court, but the DA's office is seeking to have the case moved to adult court, Krasner said. Jack Date, ABC News, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of juvenile court was in 1899

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“Juvenile court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile%20court. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Legal Definition

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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