Youth Justice

Youth Justice proceedings, also known as juvenile delinquency, involve minors charged with committing an act which would be a crime if committed by an adult. Juvenile Court jurisdiction over youth under the age of 18 is described in Welfare and Institutions Code section 602. If the youth is declared a ward of the court, they might remain at home on probation under certain conditions and with removal as a possible sanction for probation violation. Or a ward can be immediately removed from the home and placed in another setting, which can range from a group home to Juvenile Hall or a county camp, or in the more restrictive Department of Corrections Division of Juvenile Justice. In the case of serious felonies the judge may transfer the case to the criminal jurisdiction where the person may be tried as an adult. For more information on Youth Justice/Juvenile Delinquency, including the rights and roles of victims involved in juvenile court, click on the link: to the Judicial Council website

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