Art. 791.1.  Purpose

Terms Used In Louisiana Children's Code 791.1

  • Child: means a person under eighteen years of age who, prior to juvenile proceedings, has not been judicially emancipated or emancipated by marriage. See Louisiana Children's Code 728
  • 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.
  • law: means a statute, a constitutional provision, or an ordinance of a city or other political subdivision of the state. See Louisiana Children's Code 116
  • venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.

The purpose of this Chapter is to authorize the creation of truancy and assessment and service centers.  Truancy has long been demonstrated nationwide as a primary indicator of a path to juvenile delinquency.  Parishes and judicial districts have demonstrated a willingness to address truancy by providing a physical location in each parish where personnel from local schools, law enforcement, courts exercising jurisdiction over juveniles, district attorneys, correction and substance abuse counselors, and family and child-serving agencies can work together in a coordinated effort.  Early intervention has been demonstrated as the key to providing the greatest chance for correcting the actions of juveniles who demonstrate a propensity for destructive or criminal behavior.  The earliest possible venue for addressing the problem begins in kindergarten.  By intervening at this phase, it is possible to correct potential delinquent behavior before the chances for correction become insurmountable.  The centers will address the underlying causes of truancy by pooling existing resources targeted at the child and family through appropriate action by service and treatment agencies.

Acts 1999, No. 1372, §1; Acts 2001, No. 745, §1; Acts 2002, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 24, §1; Acts 2003, No. 277, §1; Acts 2003, No. 377, §1; Acts 2004, No. 570, §1; Acts 2007, No. 169, §1, eff. June 27, 2007.