Journal 6

Journal 6 - Professor Khondaker Juvenile Justice System...

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Professor Khondaker Juvenile Justice System Journal 6 1. A guardian ad litem is “usually a lawyer who is appointed by the court to take care of youths who need help, especially in neglect, dependency, and abuse cases, but also occasionally in delinquency cases” (Bartollas, 2008, p.138). In delinquency cases, the guardian ad litem is needed when there is a question of the need for a certain intervention of treatment. Examples would be being put in a mental health facility when the offender and his attorney are refusing to go to such treatment. 2. The petitioner is also known as the prosecutor. They make sure that society is protected. At the same time, they also make sure that the juvenile going before the court keeps their constitutional rights. In more urban courts, this petitioner is involved in everything from intake to disposition. Before the adjudication stage, the petitioner is there while witnesses get interviewed, they watch over police investigations, and check out the rules and decisions of the court. They also take part in detention decisions because they represent state and local
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