Juvinile Courts: The Evolution Of The Juvenile Justice System

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Juvenile Courts were first established in Cook County, Illinois in 1899. Prior to 1899, minors above the age of seven were forced to trial in a regular criminal court. After the first court had been established many more were to be followed, soon to form a juvenile Justice System. Following the rapid growth in juvenile court, courts began to evolve into a vastly different system than the other systems The Juvenile Justice System is different in a way that most systems cannot compete with because they look to better help the minor by placing the minor in the most reasonable and best situation for himher. In some situations today, minors are to be tried in a criminal court if the offense is serious enough. Juvenile delinquency refers to a

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