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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Recent Examples on the Web In 2020, Vermont became the first state to include 18-year-olds in juvenile court jurisdiction. Jeff Amy, ajc, "House bill would raise age for adult crimes to 18 in Georgia," 18 Feb. 2021 The Hartford Courant triumphed Monday in its challenge to a Connecticut law sealing some juvenile court proceedings, including records in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, "Hartford Courant wins appeal over secrecy in juvenile crimes," 1 Feb. 2021 One bill package signed into law will seal juvenile court records from public view and create a process to automatically expunge juvenile records for those who stay out of trouble. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "Whitmer signs bills to curb license suspensions, dozens of criminal justice reforms," 5 Jan. 2021 All of those cases were waived to juvenile court, but remain in the electronic case search database. Justin Fenton, baltimoresun.com, "Youth took over Baltimore County juvenile treatment center in Christmas Eve uprising, police say," 29 Dec. 2020 Its Child Care Fund Unit reimburses counties half the cost of eligible placements and services for those involved with juvenile court. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "Judges Are Locking Up Children for Noncriminal Offenses Like Repeatedly Disobeying Their Parents and Skipping School," 22 Dec. 2020 With a juvenile court and adult court that comprise more than 100 people, plus relatives and others who must be included, rescheduling any one of them is like rescheduling a large wedding. al, "Amid COVID-19 uncertainty, hidden clockwork of Mardi Gras still turns," 18 Dec. 2020 Stacey Zimmerman, juvenile court judge for the 4th Judicial District, said she's been holding court online since mid-March and doesn't have a backlog. Tracy Neal, Arkansas Online, "Covid-19 impacting Northwest Arkansas courts," 26 Dec. 2020 The boy and girl were released to their guardians and will be filed on in juvenile court. cleveland, "Woman falsely accuses brother of farting on toothbrush: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2021

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“Juvenile court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile%20court. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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