Juvenile Cases

Maine Juvenile Court is the system that handles most cases involving juveniles. A juvenile is an individual under 18 years of age.  A juvenile is brought into juvenile court when it is alleged that an offense has been committed that would be considered a crime if the conduct had been committed by an adult.  

The Judicial Branch Guide for Families in Juvenile Cases gives an overview of how a juvenile may come to be involved in a juvenile case. The guide provides information on the process of a case, the role of law enforcement, Juvenile Community Corrections Officers from the Department of Corrections, staff of the Department of Health and Human Services, and others who typically participate in a case. 

The guide is written both for young people who may be involved in a case and for parents, guardians, family members, and community members who want to better understand Maine’s juvenile justice system. 

Read the Guide for Families in Juvenile Cases (PDF).

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