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 They were released to their mother and will be charged in juvenile court. cleveland, 5 May 2022 The local hearings do not provide young people with legal protections that are common in juvenile court. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 The concept of a juvenile court was originated in Chicago more than 100 years ago, when activists pushed for a separate system that helps children and their families while protecting the public. Stephanie Casanova, chicagotribune.com, 13 Mar. 2022 Milwaukee Circuit Judge Brittany Grayson, after hearing from a social worker and a psychologist, determined Xander should remain in juvenile court. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2022 Charges for criminal damaging are pending in juvenile court. cleveland, 22 Feb. 2022 While juvenile court is mostly private, Davenport keeps a highly public profile. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 8 Oct. 2021 After the 2019 incident, the boy missed classes during a months-long battle in juvenile court over charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest — charges that were dropped after police released cell phone and bodycam videos of the incident. USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2021 Fucci’s case was transferred from a juvenile court to adult court. Garfield Hylton, orlandosentinel.com, 28 May 2021 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Juvenile court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juvenile%20court. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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