Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases
The Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines, published in Summer 2005, is a benchbook of best practices that was developed by a committee of judges, a Chief Justice, prosecutors, defense attorneys, juvenile justice practitioners, and other professionals representing key stakeholders in the juvenile justice system, through the support of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
In an effort to set forth the essential elements of effective practice in juvenile delinquency cases, the publication identifies 16 key principles for juvenile delinquency courts, as well as recommended best practices throughout the juvenile delinquency court process – from determining whether a case should in fact enter the system, to whether the youth should remain under juvenile court jurisdiction or be transferred to criminal court, and to post-disposition review of the reentry process when the youth returns to the community. The document will be instrumental in assisting the nation’s current juvenile justice systems to plan for improvement and change.
The Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines can be downloaded below. You can order a printed copy ($35) through our online store by clicking here, or contact us at JDG@ncjfcj.org or by phone at (775) 784-6012.
Please click on the individual chapter titles below to download each chapter.
Chapter I - Foundations For a Juvenile Delinquency Court of Excellence
Chapter II - General Issues Relating to the Juvenile Delinquency Court Process
Chapter III - Initiating the Juvenile Delinquency Court Process
Chapter IV - The Detention or Initial Hearing
Chapter V - Hearings on Motions to Waive Juvenile Delinquency Court Jurisdiction and Transfer Jurisdiction to Criminal Court
Chapter VI - The Trial/Adjudication Hearing
Chapter VII - The Disposition Hearing
Chapter VIII - The Appeals Process
Chapter IX - Post-Disposition Review of Delinquent Youth Who Remain in the Home with Court Ordered Services
Chapter X - Post-Disposition Review of Delinquent Youth Placed Out of the Home by Juvenile Delinquency Court Order
Chapter XI - Probation and Parole Violations
Chapter XII - The Journey to Becoming a Juvenile Delinquency Court of Excellence
Glossary of Terms
The Detention or Initial Hearing Checklist
Waiver and Transfer Hearing Checklist
The Trial/Adjudication Hearing Checklist
The Disposition Hearing Checklist
Post-Disposition Review (In Home) Checklist
Post-Disposition Review (Out of Home) Checklist
Probation & Parole Violation Hearing Checklist