What happens at the initial court hearing?

When a young person is accused of committing a crime or a status offense (something that would not be illegal if done by adults such as school truancy, running away from home, curfew violations, and incorrigibility) they must appear in juvenile court for an initial or preliminary hearing.

During that hearing, the judge will review the information presented to him and then he or she will do one or more of the following things:

  • Dismiss the case or deny authorization of the petition;
  • Place the matter or case on a "consent calendar," which is an informal process of court supervision;
  • Place the case on the "formal calendar" and allow charges to move forward against your child

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1. What happens at the initial court hearing?
2. What is a referee?
3. If your child’s case is dismissed
4. If your child’s case is diverted:
5. What happens if my child is formally charged with a crime?
6. What rights does my child have if there is a trial?
7. What happens if the court finds my child guilty?