Juvenile delinquency

Unlike the adult criminal justice system, the juvenile court is concerned with the rehabilitation of the minor, and not retribution. Under the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the court is directed to provide the minor “guidance that is consistent with their best interest, that holds them accountable for their behavior, and that is appropriate for their circumstances.”

The consequences in juvenile court, however, can be very serious, including wardship and confinement to the Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly known as the California Youth Authority). However, juveniles accused of committing certain crimes can also be granted informal probation or Deferred Entry of Judgment in which case the petition can eventually be dismissed.

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