New York’s Chief Judge Seeks New System for Juvenile Defendants

posted by Judge_Burke @ 16:45 PM
September 29, 2011

Last week  New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman called for New York State to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18. This would effectively transfer some 45,000 cases involving 16 and 17 year olds from criminal court to family court. 
 The age with which juveniles are presumptively or conclusively treated by the courts as adults is highly controversial in some states. It is likely that if the Chief Justice’s proposal is implemented the Center for Court Innovation will assist in development.



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