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Unformatted text preview: O bje c t 1 Adjudication in Juvenile Court The adjudicatory stage of the juvenile justice process is the functional equivalent to the adult criminal trial; however instead of being convicted of a crime, the juvenile is adjudicated or judged to be delinquent. I wont spend time here discussing the adjudication process in detail however, I will briefly run through the key US Supreme Court decisions that govern how this process now works. The paramount case in juvenile law is In re Gault , which was decided in 1967. This case marked a drastic change in the way we looked at juvenile offenders. It is also the biggest blow to the parens patriae doctrines governance over the juvenile court. In this case, the Court determined that juveniles are entitled to certain due process rights during the adjudication phase of delinquency proceedings. As a result of the Gault decision, the law now requires the following for juveniles: Right to a notice of charges Right to counsel Right to confront and cross-examine witnesses...
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This note was uploaded on 08/08/2010 for the course COR 856 taught by Professor Dr.kevinminor during the Fall '08 term at E. Kentucky.
- Fall '08