§ 46b-120 *(See end of section for amended version of subdivision (3) and effective date.) Definitions
§ 46b-121 “Juvenile matters” defined. Authority of court
§ 46b-121a Referral of juvenile matters to state referees
§ 46b-121b Handling of juvenile matters
§ 46b-121h Goals of juvenile justice system
§ 46b-121k Programs, services and facilities for juvenile offenders
§ 46b-121l Early intervention projects for juvenile offenders
§ 46b-121m Evaluation of the costs and benefits of programs serving juvenile offenders
§ 46b-121n Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee. Reports
§ 46b-121o Redicivism reduction framework for the juvenile justice system
§ 46b-121p Training and monitoring deescalation efforts in secure and congregate care settings. Tracking of arrests and recidivism rates
§ 46b-121q Commitment of juvenile offenders. Sentence of probation
§ 46b-121r Comprehensive system of graduated responses provided for juvenile offenders
§ 46b-121s Community-based diversion system
§ 46b-122 Juvenile matters separated from other court business when practicable. Exclusion of persons from hearing. Exceptions
§ 46b-122a Use of mechanical restraints during juvenile proceedings. Statistics concerning use of restraints
§ 46b-123 Appointment of staff for juvenile matters
§ 46b-123a Transfer of personnel to Division of Criminal Justice
§ 46b-123b Transfer of juvenile justice centers to Judicial Department
§ 46b-123f Transfer of legal authority over delinquent children committed to the Department of Children and Families to the Judicial Branch
§ 46b-124 *(See end of section for amended version of subdivision (1) of subsection (k) and effective date.) Confidentiality of records of juvenile matters. Exceptions
§ 46b-124a Access to records of cases of juvenile matters by victim of delinquent act committed by a child
§ 46b-125 Juvenile probation officers and juvenile matters investigators. Rights in retirement system. Duties and authority
§ 46b-126 Secure facilities for care and treatment of children
§ 46b-126a Out-of-school suspensions for children residing in juvenile facilities prohibited
§ 46b-127 Transfer of child charged with a felony to the regular criminal docket. Transfer of youth aged sixteen or seventeen to docket for juvenile matters
§ 46b-128 Investigation of delinquency complaint. Nonjudicial disposition. Petition of delinquency. Summoning of child and parent or guardian
§ 46b-128a Competency determinations in juvenile matters
§ 46b-129 Commitment of child or youth. Petition for neglected, uncared for or abused child or youth. Hearing re temporary custody, order to appear or petition. Review of permanency plan. Cost of care and maintenance of child or youth; reimb
§ 46b-129a Examination by physician, psychiatrist or psychologist. Counsel and guardian ad litem. Testimony. Evidence
§ 46b-129b Filing of petition for adoption and written agreement of adoption by Commissioner of Children and Families. Review of adoption social study and other reports. Hearing. Adoptive parents entitled to receive copies of records and other information re history
§ 46b-129c “Court appointed special advocate” defined. Appointment, duties, background checks and limited civil or criminal liability for actions undertaken
§ 46b-130 Reimbursement for expense of care and maintenance. Assignment of right of support to Commissioner of Children and Families. Parents’ assistance in pursuing support
§ 46b-131 Custody of alleged delinquent child pending disposition. Bail
§ 46b-132 Temporary detention places
§ 46b-132a Medical care of children in detention centers
§ 46b-133 Arrest of child. Notice of arrest. Release or detention of arrested child. Alcohol or drug testing or treatment as condition of release. Admission of child to juvenile detention center. Entry of take into custody order or other pro
§ 46b-133a Right to trial or dismissal upon nolle prosequi of delinquency charge. Erasure of records
§ 46b-133b Suspension of delinquency proceedings for treatment for alcohol or drug dependency
§ 46b-133c Serious juvenile repeat offender prosecution. Sentencing
§ 46b-133d Serious sexual offender prosecution. Sentencing
§ 46b-133e Suspension of delinquency proceedings for participation in school violence prevention program
§ 46b-133f Family violence mediation program on docket for juvenile matters. Report
§ 46b-133g Detention risk screening instrument
§ 46b-133h Parameters for releasing child from detention
§ 46b-134 Investigation by probation officer prior to disposition of delinquency case. Physical, mental and diagnostic examination
§ 46b-135 Right to counsel and cross-examination
§ 46b-136 Appointment of attorney to represent child or youth and parent or guardian
§ 46b-137 Admissibility of admission, confession or statement in juvenile proceedings
§ 46b-138 Summoning of witnesses. Conversation privileged
§ 46b-138a Testimony of accused juvenile, parent or guardian in juvenile proceeding
§ 46b-138b Statement of victim or victim’s representative at delinquency proceeding
§ 46b-139 Expert medical witnesses; interpreter
§ 46b-140 Disposition upon adjudication of child as delinquent
§ 46b-140a Modification of conditions of probation supervision or probation supervision with residential placement. Violation of conditions
§ 46b-141c Reimbursement of costs of probation supervision
§ 46b-141d Credit for presentence detention
§ 46b-142 Venue of petitions. Appeal to Appellate Court. Expedited hearing in termination of parental rights appeals
§ 46b-143 Notice of appeal
§ 46b-144 Religious faith. Service of commitment process
§ 46b-145 Prohibition on prosecution of child before regular criminal docket. Exceptions
§ 46b-146 Erasure of police and court records
§ 46b-147 Proceedings inadmissible as evidence in criminal proceedings
§ 46b-147a Reports on cases of children charged with serious juvenile offenses
§ 46b-148 Child from family with service needs not to be held in detention or convicted as delinquent for violation of court order re future conduct. Court determination re placement or commitment of child from family with service needs
§ 46b-149 *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Child from family with service needs. Complaint. Review by probation officer. Referral for services. Filing of petition or motion. Procedure. Hearing. Order. Modification of conditions. Permane
§ 46b-149a Duties of police officer re child of family with service needs
§ 46b-149b Immunity of police officer or municipal official from personal liability
§ 46b-149c Truancy and other family with service needs cases. Duties of Judicial Branch
§ 46b-149d Demonstration project to establish school and community-based truancy prevention initiative. Sites. Grant eligibility. Establishment of truancy or family with service needs docket. Duties of Court Support Services Division
§ 46b-149e Family support centers
§ 46b-149f *(See end of section for amended version of subsections (a) and (b) and effective date.) Child from family with service needs who violates valid court order or is in imminent risk of physical harm. Petition. Hearing. Order
§ 46b-150 Emancipation of minor. Procedure. Notice. Attorney General as party
§ 46b-150a Investigation of petition for emancipation. Report. Appointment of counsel. Probate Court may order examination
§ 46b-150b Order of emancipation
§ 46b-150c Appeal
§ 46b-150d Effect of emancipation
§ 46b-150e Emancipation under common law
§ 46b-150i Appearances filed in Probate Court to continue in superior court for juvenile matters
§ 46b-151h Interstate Compact for Juveniles
§ 46b-151i Chief Court Administrator as administrator of the Interstate Compact for Juveniles
§ 46b-133i Suspension of delinquency proceedings for fire starting behavior treatment
§ 46b-133j Suspension of delinquency proceeding for participation in services to address condition or behavior related to an offense involving a motor vehicle
§ 46b-133k Policy re suicidal and self-harming behaviors and use of solitary confinement, prone restraints and chemical agents in juvenile detention centers and correctional facilities detaining juveniles. Reporting
§ 46b-133l (Note: This section is effective July 1, 2020.) Report of use of chemical agents or prone restraints on detained juveniles
§ 46b-133m (Note: This section is effective July 1, 2020.) Independent ombudsperson services provided in facilities that detain juveniles

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes > Chapter 815t - Juvenile Matters

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Alcohol-dependent: means a psychoactive substance dependence on alcohol as that condition is defined in the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders". See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • another: may extend and be applied to communities, companies, corporations, public or private, limited liability companies, societies and associations. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Attorney-at-law: A person who is legally qualified and licensed to practice law, and to represent and act for clients in legal proceedings.
  • Bail: Security given for the release of a criminal defendant or witness from legal custody (usually in the form of money) to secure his/her appearance on the day and time appointed.
  • Baseline: Projection of the receipts, outlays, and other budget amounts that would ensue in the future without any change in existing policy. Baseline projections are used to gauge the extent to which proposed legislation, if enacted into law, would alter current spending and revenue levels.
  • Child: means any person under eighteen years of age who has not been legally emancipated, except that (A) for purposes of delinquency matters and proceedings, "child" means any person who (i) is at least seven years of age at the time of the alleged commission of a delinquent act and who is (I) under eighteen years of age and has not been legally emancipated, or (II) eighteen years of age or older and committed a delinquent act prior to attaining eighteen years of age, or (ii) is subsequent to attaining eighteen years of age, (I) violates any order of the Superior Court or any condition of probation ordered by the Superior Court with respect to a delinquency proceeding, or (II) wilfully fails to appear in response to a summons under §. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Delinquent act: means (A) the violation by a child under the age of sixteen of any federal or state law, except the violation of §. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Drug-dependent: means a psychoactive substance dependence on drugs as that condition is defined in the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders". See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Family with service needs: means a family that includes a child who is at least seven years of age and is under eighteen years of age who, according to a petition lawfully filed on or before June 30, 2020, (A) has without just cause run away from the parental home or other properly authorized and lawful place of abode, (B) is beyond the control of the child's parent, parents, guardian or other custodian, (C) has engaged in indecent or immoral conduct, or (D) is thirteen years of age or older and has engaged in sexual intercourse with another person and such other person is thirteen years of age or older and not more than two years older or younger than such child. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Hearsay: Statements by a witness who did not see or hear the incident in question but heard about it from someone else. Hearsay is usually not admissible as evidence in court.
  • intellectual disability: means a significant limitation in intellectual functioning existing concurrently with deficits in adaptive behavior that originated during the developmental period before eighteen years of age. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1g
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Minority leader: See Floor Leaders
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • month: means a calendar month, and the word "year" means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • oath: shall include affirmations in cases where by law an affirmation may be used for an oath, and, in like cases, the word "swear" shall include the word "affirm". See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Ordinance: means an enactment under the provisions of §. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Preliminary hearing: A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to make the defendant have a trial.
  • President pro tempore: A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the Vice President. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Probation officers: Screen applicants for pretrial release and monitor convicted offenders released under court supervision.
  • Probation supervision: means a legal status whereby a juvenile who has been adjudicated delinquent is placed by the court under the supervision of juvenile probation for a specified period of time and upon such terms as the court determines. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Probation supervision with residential placement: means a legal status whereby a juvenile who has been adjudicated delinquent is placed by the court under the supervision of juvenile probation for a specified period of time, upon such terms as the court determines, that include a period of placement in a secure or staff-secure residential treatment facility, as ordered by the court, and a period of supervision in the community. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • public buildings: shall include a statehouse, courthouse, townhouse, arsenal, magazine, prison, community correctional center, almshouse, market or other building belonging to the state, or to any town, city or borough in the state, and any church, chapel, meetinghouse or other building generally used for religious worship, and any college, academy, schoolhouse or other building generally used for literary instruction. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Public defender: Represent defendants who can't afford an attorney in criminal matters.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Risk and needs assessment: means a standardized tool that (A) assists juvenile probation officers in collecting and synthesizing information about a child to estimate the child's risk of recidivating and identify other factors that, if treated and changed, can reduce the child's likelihood of reoffending, and (B) provides a guide for intervention planning. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Serious juvenile offense: means (A) the violation of, including attempt or conspiracy to violate, §. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Serious juvenile repeat offender: means any child charged with the commission of any felony if such child has previously been adjudicated as delinquent or otherwise adjudicated at any age for two violations of any provision of title 21a, 29, 53 or 53a that is designated as a felony. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Staff-secure residential facility: means a residential facility that provides residential treatment for children in a structured setting where the children are monitored by staff. See Connecticut General Statutes 46b-120
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Victim advocate: work with prosecutors and assist the victims of a crime.