Juvenile Court Judgement

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction / Juvenile Justice

A juvenile court judgment is a decision or ruling made by a juvenile court judge in a case involving a juvenile offender.

The judgment may be issued after a hearing or trial in which the judge considers evidence and testimony presented by the prosecution and defense.

The goal of juvenile court judgments is generally to provide a rehabilitative and therapeutic approach to justice rather than simply punishing young offenders for their actions.

Juvenile court judges have broad discretion in deciding how to handle each case. They may consider a range of factors, such as the juvenile’s age, criminal history, and family background when making judgments about sentencing or rehabilitation programs.

Juvenile court judgments may include orders for the juvenile to participate in counseling or therapy programs, attend school, perform community service, or other activities that can help address the underlying issues that may have contributed to their criminal behavior. The goal is to provide young offenders with the support and resources they need to avoid future involvement in the justice system and become productive members of society.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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