Basic features of juvenile justice
The basic features of juvenile justice are as follows:
(a) Initial review of crime referred by law enforcement involving a juvenile suspect.
(b) Pretrial procedure during which the prosecutor or sometimes another agency decides whether to file charges against the youth with a formal petition or not.
(c) If petition is filed there will be an adjudication process which would include court hearing to ascertain the facts of the case and establish the youth’s responsibility for the illegal act.
(d) If the youth is found guilty there will be more court hearing to impose any services or sanctions.
(e) After the court’s final sentence, a state or county agency might be ordered to take legal responsibility for the youth.