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Adj215 - Michigan and Minnesota has a similar juvenile justice system. There were several differences as well. The goal of the two states seem to be the same, they just have different methods of achieving their goals. I commend both states for the way they are helping today’s youth. I believe they could possibly take notes from each other.
Adj 215 - In Michigan and Minnesota the family division, which is held in Circuit Court, handles all juvenile cases. Michigan’s juvenile justice system deals with 3 types of juvenile cases. Delinquency cases, involves a minor who have been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult; child protective hearings, involves cases where a child has been abused or neglected by an adult. In cases such as these, the court protects the child; and traffic cases, where a minor has been charged with a misdemeanor traffic violation. Michigan has another type of delinquency case called a status offense. Status offense cases involve minor children who continuously disobey their parents, fail to go school, or run away from home. Minnesota’s juvenile system only deals with delinquency and cases of child protection.   The state does not have the status offense.
Adj225 - In Minnesota any individual apprehended as a juvenile must have been under the age of 18 at the time the offense occurred. Juveniles ages 16 and 17 are required by Minnesota statues to be certified as adults in first degree murder (which includes premeditated murder), and will be tried in a criminal, adult court. In Michigan a juvenile case involves a person who is under the age of 17. In serious cases involving juveniles who are over the age of 14, the prosecuting attorney may ask the family division judge to transfer the case to the district court where the delinquent will be prosecuted as an adult.
Adj 225 - In Michigan when a juvenile is apprehended he or she will be notified to appear in the family division for an intake interview or a preliminary hearing.

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