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 That means a public trial and criminal record, as opposed to the confidentiality of juvenile court, and likely, a stiffer sentence. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky judges will now have more say in whether youths go to adult court in gun cases," 18 Mar. 2021 Charges for menacing will be filed through juvenile court. cleveland, "Boy to be cited after threatening Snapchat post: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 5 Mar. 2021 Disputes between the parties will be mediated by Ken Fields, a former Maricopa County Superior Court judge who has experience with juvenile court and who currently runs a mediation practice. Arizona Republic, "Foster-care deal wins court OK, setting a new path for children, but critics remain skeptical," 13 Feb. 2021 The teen's attorney, Mark Werksman, said his client is scheduled to appear in juvenile court next month. Paul Best, Fox News, "LA teen likely driving Lamborghini double the speed limit in crash that killed woman, expert says," 12 Mar. 2021 Her penchant for skipping class brought her before a juvenile court on Jan. 5, 1925. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Billie Holiday biopic debuting Friday chronicles struggles of jazz legend who was raised in Baltimore," 25 Feb. 2021 Clarinda fired two employees following the incident and California officials recertified the program, allowing juvenile court judges to continue sending children there. Joaquin Palomino, San Francisco Chronicle, "After abuse probe, another Sequel-run program that housed California youth will close," 8 Feb. 2021 Members of the council included adults who were foster children, foster parents, biological parents, juvenile court judges, nonprofit children’s advocates, county case workers and state agency heads. cleveland, "Ohio needs an independent investigator to resolve disputes in the foster care system, advisory group recommends," 2 Nov. 2020 The law requires youths younger than 16 to be tried in juvenile court. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "14- and 15-year-olds can't be tried in adult court, California Supreme Court rules," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Juvenile court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile%20court. Accessed 12 Apr. 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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