What happens at the juvenile court jurisdiction hearing?

Often a child will admit to doing some of what they are accused of. The lawyer will talk to your child about what he or she should say in court.

If there is a trial, the district attorney will make a case against your child. Then your child’s lawyer will present the defense. The judge will then decide if your child did what he or she was accused of.

If there is enough evidence to find that your child did what he or she is accused of, the judge will make a “true finding”. The judge will then set a time for a disposition hearing to decide on your child’s punishment. (The disposition hearing can be set for later on the same day as the jurisdiction hearing.)

If there is not enough evidence to say your child committed the crime, the case will be dismissed. If this happens, your child will be set free and released from lockup.

Juvenile Delinquency Court Process

July 05, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   juvenile delinquency video   |   0 Comments



This 13-minute video is designed to help youth, their parents, and victims of juvenile crime understand delinquency court. The video walks the viewer through common types of juvenile hearings and explains what to expect during the course of a typical delinquency court case. It is appropriate for delinquency court waiting rooms, juvenile halls, and attorney or probation offices.

Juvenile Justice System Orange County

May 28, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   juvenile defense law   |   0 Comments

Superior Court of California,  Lamoreaux Justice Center

The California Orange County Juvenile Justice System is consist of representatives from the Juvenile Court, Probation Department, Public Defender and District Attorney.

Part 1: highlights the role of the Public Defender and District Attorney.

Orange County Juvenile Justice Judge’s Role

Part 2: highlights the role of the Probation Officer and Juvenile Court Judge. Included are tips for parents to assist in navigating the system.