Juvenile Petition

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

A Juvenile Petition is a legal document that initiates formal proceedings in juvenile court.

It is a written request by a government agency, typically a juvenile justice agency, asking the court to intervene in the life of a juvenile who is alleged to have committed a delinquent act or an offense that would be considered a crime if committed by an adult. The petition usually outlines the specific allegations against the juvenile and requests that the court take appropriate action, such as ordering the juvenile to attend counseling, placing the juvenile on probation, or ordering the juvenile to be placed in a juvenile detention facility. The Juvenile Petition process is designed to protect the rights of juveniles while holding them accountable for their actions.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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