Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to

1. Describe the juvenile court system, including some of the personnel who work in the system
2. Show how pretrial procedures impact the handling of delinquency cases
3. Describe adjudicatory and dispositional hearings in the juvenile justice system
4. Identify the constitutional protections applicable to juvenile proceedings
5. Explain judicial transfer procedures as they apply to juvenile court
6. Define status offenders and offer recommendations on their management