What is a referee?

In juvenile court, a referee is like a magistrate in adult court. A referee has the authority to make dispositional decisions and performs most of the functions of the judge, with the exception of hearing jury trials. You will have an opportunity to ask that your child's case be heard before a judge instead of the referee.

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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?