What does the juvenile court do?
Juvenile court, also called children's court, special court handling problems of delinquent, neglected, or abused children. The juvenile court fulfills the government's role as substitute parent, and, where no juvenile court exists, other courts must assume the function.
What are the responsibilities of the juvenile court judge?
Basic duties of juvenile judges include interpreting and enforcing juvenile criminal laws set by the local jurisdiction or state government. Juvenile judges must know and understand the laws and be fair when handing down sentences.
What is the role of a juvenile prosecutor?
The prosecutor should take an active role in all phases of a juvenile case, including both adjudication and disposition. The prosecutor should ensure that decisions involving juvenile cases are made in a timely fashion so as to protect the right of the juvenile to a speedy disposition of his/her case.
What happens at juvenile intake?
If the intake officer decides that the case should be heard in juvenile court, a petition is filed with the court setting forth the statutes that the child is alleged to have violated. If the child denies the allegations in the petition, a hearing like an adult criminal trial is held.