Juvenile Terms

Juvenile Terms

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​INTAKE DEPARTMENT
Decides whether formal or informal intervention wi​th the juvenile offender will be taken.​​
INQUIRY​
An informal hearing between the Family Court intake caseworker, juvenile offender and parent(s).
PRE-TRIAL
Meeting between lawyers to see if the case can be settled without going to trial or to see if all parties are ready​​ for trial.
ADJUDICATION
The trial of the juvenile offender.
DISPOSITIONAL HEARING
A hearing at which the court decides placement, counseling or other remedial actions to be taken with the juvenile offender.
SUBPOENA
A legal order which requires a person to appear in Court to testify as a witness.
MOTION
Court hearings to answer legal questions.
ADJOURNMENT
A delay asked for by the judge or either side. The judge must agree to the delay.
PROBATION
A sentence that places the juvenile offender under the close supervision of a probation officer.
RESTITUTION
An amount of money set by the Court to be paid to the victim of a crime for property losses or injuries caused by the crime.
VICTIM-WITNESS COORDINATOR
Sheri Pummill, Victim-Witness Coordinator - a person available to assist victims and witnesses with the judicial process - Law Center Building, 210 S. Highlander Way, Howell MI 48843, 517-546-1850.