Connecticut Juvenile Procedure
How Juvenile proceedings Differ from Adult Proceedings.
There are major differences between juvenile court and adult court. First, adults function in open court. This means that the courtrooms are public and anyone can enter at any time. In juvenile court, the courtrooms are closed, and there is no public record for proceedings. In Adult court, the defendant stands before the judge. In juvenile court, the people in attendance, who include the state’s advocate (not called prosecutor) and the defense lawyer are all seated around a table with the judge to handle the case. One case is heard at a time, and the courtroom is sealed off to any other people. Also different are the potential results, with probation being common and pretrial detention being not used to ensure the juvenile’s appearance in court, but in his or her best interest to get them on the right path.