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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The adoption process was not moving forward on the timeline the couple anticipated, so in March 2018, Kelley appeared in juvenile court and expressed concern about the apparent delay, according to the lawsuit. Morgan Cook, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit: County child welfare discriminated, retaliated against foster parents," 4 Aug. 2019 Elder was arrested on suspicion of battery involving serious bodily injury and his case was adjudicated in juvenile court, sources said. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Suspect in Rome police killing had attacked a fellow student in San Francisco, causing severe brain injury, sources say," 29 July 2019 She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 in a Massachusetts juvenile court. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The teen convicted in a controversial suicide texting case has appealed to the US Supreme Court," 14 July 2019 Black politicians, activists and community leaders held protests in the city to voice their anger over the jailing of former Judge Tracie Hunter, the county’s first African American juvenile court judge. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump accuses Democrats of destroying cities in Cincinnati rally, avoids singling out 'Squad'," 1 Aug. 2019 They were released to their parents and will be filed on in juvenile court. cleveland.com, "Panera customer disgusted by man’s personal sex act: South Euclid Police Blotter," 24 July 2019 Defense attorney Bevan Maxey had argued the case belonged in juvenile court. Washington Post, "Judge: Teen charged in school shooting to be tried as adult," 23 July 2019 Caleb Sharpe carefully planned and executed the mass shooting, and should not be released from custody at age 21 as required if he is convicted in juvenile court, Spokane County Superior Judge Michael Price said. Washington Post, "Judge: Teen charged in school shooting to be tried as adult," 23 July 2019 Azuriah Hoskins, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in juvenile court on Tuesday. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "'Stuff just went wrong': Man pleads guilty in killing of 9-year-old Alexandrea Thompson," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of juvenile court

1899, in the meaning defined above

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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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