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Thurston  County  Juvenile  Court

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  What is a Juvenile?
A juvenile is any individual who is under the chronological age of eighteen years and has not been previously transferred to adult court.
 
  What is a Juvenile Offender?
A Juvenile offender is any juvenile who has been found by the juvenile court to have committed an offense.
 
  What is Juvenile Court?
Juvenile court is where a judge decides what happens to juveniles accused of breaking the law, or whose parents cannot care for them, or whose behavior makes them "at risk" or "in need of services."

Counties operate the juvenile courts in Washington State, and they all follow the same laws.  However, even though they follow these same laws, most county juvenile courts have their own way of doing this.

 
  Parents and Juvenile Court
The term "parent" as used here means the juvenile's parent, legal guardian, or custodian.

Parents are an important part of juvenile court.  Studies show that when a parent goes to a diversion meeting or comes to court, the juvenile has a better chance of staying out of trouble in the future.

 

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Page Revised on March 15, 2006 Thurston County