What happens when a child goes to court?
In the court proceeding, called an adjudication hearing, the child, the child's family and the child’s attorney appear before a judge or jury that will decide if the child committed a delinquent act or conduct indicating a need for supervision. If the child is adjudicated for the offense, the judge orders a "disposition" -- a plan to protect the public and to redirect the child toward a law-abiding future.

Dispositions in most counties are based on "progressive sanctions" guidelines aiming to provide appropriate consequences and outcomes for juvenile offenders.

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1. What happens when charges are filed against a child?
2. What happens when a child goes to court?
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