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What is an “Adjudicatory Hearing”?

An “adjudicatory hearing” is a court hearing to determine if the alleged offenses in the petition are supported by evidence. If the judge finds that the child did not commit the alleged offenses, the judge may dismiss the petition and the child is no longer under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court. If the judge determines the child did commit the offenses, the juvenile is found delinquent and a disposition hearing is scheduled.

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