The Juvenile Series: Department of Juvenile Services (DJS)

When DJS decides to forward a case to Juvenile Court, then the case goes through the process of a criminal circuit case. The child is arraigned in front of the Judge. A prosecutor representing the State prosecutes the case. After evidence is produced, there could be a plea or trial. There is no jury trial in Juvenile Court. Only the Judge decides the child’s innocence or guilt. The terms in Juvenile Court for innocence or guilt is found “involved” or “not involved” rather than “guilty” or “not guilty”. If the child is found involved and in need of services, DJS will oversee the probation terms for the child. The services range from supervised probation to placement.

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