What is adjudication and disposition?

Following the intake interview if a determination is made that an out of court disposition is not appropriate the case is scheduled for a Pre Adjudication Conference (PAC). At that time, the juvenile has the opportunity to admit or deny the charges as listed in the petition or admit to an amended petition as offered by the District Attorney's office. 

Adjudicatory Hearing

If the juvenile denies the allegations, an Adjudicatory Hearing is scheduled. An Adjudicatory Hearing is a hearing to determine guilt or innocence on the alleged charges. If the juvenile is to have committed any Misdemeanor or Felony charges, the case will proceed to the Disposition which may occur at this hearing or at a later date. 

Disposition Hearing

The Disposition Hearing determines if the juvenile is in need of treatment, supervision, or rehabilitation. If the Court makes this finding, then the juvenile is adjudicated, delinquent. The Court must then decide if the juvenile can be supervised in the community on Probation or if the juvenile should be placed.

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1. Are hearings open to the public?
2. What is the proper attire for Court?
3. Do I need to hire a lawyer for court?
4. What is the referral process/intake?
5. What do I need to bring to the intake interview?
6. What is adjudication and disposition?
7. What is the difference between a Judge Hearing and a Juvenile Court Hearing Officer Hearing?
8. How do I pay my restitution and Court costs?
9. May a juvenile be fingerprinted or photographed?
10. What is the Court process following the detention of a juvenile?
11. What is decided at the detention hearing?
12. Can parents be held responsible for any payments?
13. What happens with a Non-Payment Referral?
14. How are juvenile records expunged?