Juvenile Waivers & Transfers to Adult Criminal Court


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A juvenile is in juvenile court waiting for a judge to decide if the case will stay in the current court or be transferred to criminal court. The judge has a choice in the matter, and the juvenile hopes the judge will keep him in juvenile court. What type of waiver is the judge reviewing?

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1. The defense attorney is arguing in court, trying to keep his client from being transferred to criminal court. The burden of proof is on the defendant in this matter. What waiver is being considered?

2. A juvenile listens as the judge delivers his opinion on the case. The juvenile committed a particular offense and is over a specific age. In the state where the case is being heard, the waiver being considered is just a formality and the juvenile will be transferred to criminal court because he meets the particular offense and specific age standards. What waiver is being considered?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet assessment provides you with an quick and easily accessible way in which to measure your knowledge of juvenile waivers in the adult court system. You must understand how waivers differ and how they are applied in order to succeed on this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Your ability to do the following will be tested with this assessment:

  • Note which type of waiver is being reviewed when a judge can choose whether a juvenile is tried in juvenile or criminal court
  • Name the waiver that is being reviewed in a case where the burden of proof is on the defendant
  • Identify the waiver being reviewed in a case in which the accused meets age and offense requirements to be tried as an adult
  • Explain what is being waived when juvenile waivers are used
  • Describe what happens to a defendant when it is determined that a waiver is appropriate in a case

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what exactly is waived when juvenile waivers are applied and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what happens to defendants after a juvenile waiver is applied in a case
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions regarding the three different types of juvenile waivers

Additional Learning

More details about this legal topic can be found in the lesson titled Juvenile Waivers & Transfers to Adult Criminal Court. You will learn more about:

  • In what case the Supreme Court's decision impacted the legal rights of juveniles in court proceedings
  • How many states automatically apply a certain type of waiver due to a defendant's age and crime
  • Which types of crimes would result in a transfer to criminal court