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Juvenile court

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Juvenile court, court with special jurisdiction over young offenders (usually up to age 18). In many nations, special provisions are made in legal proceedings involving minors. Rehabilitation, rather than punishment, is normally emphasized, including removal from parental care if the home environment is thought to contribute to delinquency. In the interest of flexibility and informality, certain ordinary courtroom practices may be suspended in juvenile court.

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