Juveniles and Criminal Court

The focus of the juvenile court is to attempt to rehabilitate the juvenile. The forensic psychologist may work in capacities with in the juvenile court for Forensic criminology. Juveniles particularly adolescents are egocentric, impulsive and risk takers by the nature that is why mental health is not diagnosed until the age of 18. Young adults of age 25 may not possess the maturity that typical adult would in making their legal decisions; they focus on four different psychological variables that differ from adolescents to adults. Degree of orientation toward the future of adolescents is posited to be more than present-oriented adults. Risk assessment and risk taking, impulsivity are part of the legal system. Criminal court holds the credibility of child witness, adult sexual offenders.

Juvenile courts with delinquency jurisdiction handle cases in which juveniles are accused of acts that would be crimes if adults committed them. Cases involving juvenile age offenders from juvenile court, granting adult criminal court exclusive jurisdiction over some types of offenses. Murder and serious violent felony cases are most commonly "excluded" from juvenile court.

  • Juvenile pre-sentencing evaluations
  • Juvenile probation evaluations
  • Credibility of child witnesses
  • Assessment of juvenile and adult sexual offenders

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