Bench Trials in Juvenile Proceedings


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Why does a juvenile NOT automatically have a right to a jury trial like an adult does?

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1. A juvenile is anxiously awaiting a verdict, which should be delivered shortly after the jury notifies the judge that a verdict has been reached. What type of trial is this?

2. A juvenile defendant waits for the judge to deliver the verdict in his case. He could have had a jury, but he wanted to get things over with quickly. Now, the judge gets to decide on his fate. What type of trial is this?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The worksheet and quiz help you see how much you know about bench trials in juvenile proceedings. A benefit of a bench trial over a jury trial and rights of juveniles that adults don't have are topics on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Take the multiple-choice quiz to find out how much knowledge you have about:

  • Why juveniles don't automatically have a right to a jury trial like adults
  • Benefit of a bench trial over a jury trial
  • Type of trial where a jury notifies the judge on a verdict
  • Right juveniles have that adults don't have automatically

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  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained about the type of trial where the judge gets to decide the fate of a juvenile defendant
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important details from the lesson on juvenile bench trials
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about why juveniles don't automatically have a right to a jury trial like adults and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this legal option, take a look at the lesson called Bench Trials in Juvenile Proceedings. This lesson is made available to help you complete these goals:

  • Determine how bench trials work
  • Compare and contrast bench trials and jury trials
  • Review juvenile protections during trial