Different Types of Juvenile Court Hearings

There are several types of juvenile court hearings that may be appointed to the child. They are the following:

1)   Detention Hearing- In a detention hearing, the judge will determine whether the child will remain in custody, in Juvenile Hall, or be released to his/her guardians. The child, guardian(s), child’s attorney, a Deputy District Attorney, and a Deputy Probation Officer must be present at the hearing. The result of the court hearing depends on the information provided by the Deputy Probation Officer.

2)   Jurisdiction Hearing- The jurisdiction hearings are divided into three phases: an initial arraignment, pre-trial, and the court trial. In the initial arraignment, an attorney will be appointed to represent the juvenile.  In the pre-trial, the District Attorney and the defense attorney will try to negotiate a settlement, which is an agreement between the two for a lesser sentence in exchange for a “guilty plea.” In the court trial, the judge determines whether the juvenile is found guilty or innocent, without the help of a jury.

3)   Disposition Hearing- The disposition hearing will only take place if the juvenile pleads guilty to a crime or is found guilty by the judge. The judge will find the most appropriate way to hold the juvenile accountable to his/her crime.

It may be helpful to know the purpose of each hearing so that the child can possibly avoid remaining in custody.

For further information regarding juvenile law please contact the Family Law Lawyers for Brea at 714-520-5330. Call today for your free 60-minute consultation!


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