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Varieties of Juvenile Court

Jeffrey A. Butts, John K. Roman and Jennifer Lynn‐Whaley

in The Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195385106
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195385106.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Varieties of Juvenile Court

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A juvenile court is a type of specialized court or a court docket devoted to one or more specific categories of legal matter. Today, there are many specialized courts. This article addresses the growing use of specialized, problem solving courts for delinquent juveniles. It introduces the specialized nature of the juvenile court and describes three of the most popular forms of specialized courts for youths, which are, teen courts, juvenile drug courts, and juvenile or family mental health courts. It examines several key policy and practice issues related to their operation. It also discusses the origin of each type of specialized court, giving data such as their numbers, types of legal matters handled by them, procedures of processing the case, and what is known about their effectiveness.

Keywords: juvenile court; specialized court; legal matter; teen courts; juvenile drug courts; mental health courts

Article.  13749 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice ; Courts and Procedure

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