Juvenile Delinquency Court


Petition” instead of “criminal complaint,” “entering a denial” instead of “pleading not guilty,” “disposition hearing” instead of “sentencing hearing.”  

The terminology used in juvenile court proceedings is different from what’s used in adult criminal court cases. 

This video created by the Judicial Council of California is a great tool to learn some of the specific terminology used in juvenile delinquency court, as well as to understand the type of judicial proceedings that are held for minors who have allegedly broken the law. 

Want to test your knowledge? Use this short video as an interpreting practice to assess your mastery of these terms.