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NCJ Number: 67696 Find in a Library
Title: JURY TRIALS IN JUVENILE COURT - A PRO AND CON DISCUSSION (FROM JUVENILE JUSTICE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 5TH, SAN FRANCISCO (CA), FEBRUARY 1978 - AUDIOTAPE CASSETTE PROGRAMS, GROUP 1, 1978 - SEE NCJ-67692)
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America

Teach 'Em Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Teach 'Em Inc
Chicago, IL 60611
Publication Number: J-41, SIDE 4
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: ISSUES RELATED TO COURT PROCEDURES FOR DEALING WITH JUVENILE DESIGNATED FELONIES AND THE DESIRABILITY OR DISADVANTAGES FOR THE JUVENILE INVOLVED OF CHOOSING A JURY TRIAL ARE DISCUSSED FROM A JUDGE'S PERSPECTIVE.
Abstract: PART OF AN AUDIOCASSETTE SERIES CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE 1978 JUVENILE JUSTICE NATIONAL CONFERENCE, THIS IS AN EXAMINATION OF THE LEGAL, JUDICIAL, AND CONSTITUTIONAL ASPECTS OF TRIALS INVOLVING YOUTHS ACCUSED OF JUVENILE DESIGNATED FELONIES. JURY TRIALS ARE THE BEST WAY OF ENSURING THAT JUVENILE DEFENDANTS ARE GUARANTEED DUE PROCESS. IN RESPONSE TO A POSSIBLE OBJECTION, THE STATEMENT IS MADE THAT JUVENILE TRIALS BY JURY DO NOT CLOG THE COURTS. THE CONTRADICTIONS INHERENT IN THE SENTENCING AND DISPOSITION OF A JUVENILE TRIAL CASE (PUNISHMENT AND REHABILITATION OBJECTIVES) ARE CITED. THE BENEFITS OF COURT JURISDICTION FOR A JUVENILE OFFENDER ARE DESCRIBED (PROVIDING TREATMENT, CARE, AND COUNSELING SERVICES, ROUTINELY AVAILABLE TO ADULT OFFENDERS). ON THE OTHER HAND, FACED WITH THE EXTREME DIFFICULTY OF PROVING A JUVENILE'S GUILT BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT, UNLESS THE DEFENDANT COOPERATES FULLY, AN ALTERNATIVE CAN BE CHOSEN. A CONSENT DECREE PLACES A JUVENILE ON 6-MONTHS' PROBATION, WITHOUT REQUIRING THE SUSPECT'S ADMISSION OF GUILT OR A TRIAL. IF THE YOUNG PERSON AND HIS OR HER PARENTS CONSENT TO THIS ALTERNATIVE, ONLY AN ARREST RECORD WILL BE LEFT IN THE JUVENILE'S HISTORY. OTHER ISSUES DISCUSSED INCLUDE THE DESIRABILITY OF HAVING JUVENILE DEFENDANTS CHOOSE BETWEEN A JURY TRIAL AND CONFIDENTIAL HEARINGS TO A CONSENT DECREE, IF THEY UNDERSTAND THEIR RIGHTS AND THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF EACH ALTERNATIVE; AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT JUVENILE COURTS MAY BE ABOLISHED (ALTHOUGH THE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED THAT, AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING, THEY SHOULD BE RETAINED), REFERRING ALL JUVENILE CASES TO ADULT COURTS. THE HOPE IS EXPRESSED THAT JUVENILE COURTS, WHOSE PURPOSES ARE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF ADULT COURTS, WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE. NO WRITTEN TEXT IS PROVIDED WITH THE CASSETTES. FOR RELATED TOPICS, SEE NCJ 67692.
Index Term(s): Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile justice standards; Juvenile probation; Right to trial by jury
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE SIDE OF THE AUDIOCASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM ON THE OTHER SIDE, SEE NCJ-67695. FOR THE ENTIRE KIT, SEE NCJ-67692.
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