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Dayton, OH 45422
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Montgomery County Juvenile Court is a division of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over individuals who are under the age of 18 and reside within the county. Under Ohio law, juvenile courts have original and exclusive jurisdiction of the case types listed below:
Every case stands on its own, and therefore no two cases are exactly alike. However, there are a common set of expected procedures, processes, and expected outcomes that one can expect in general with regards to the Court. The juvenile justice system is based on civil process (no due process required) where the goal is rehabilitation, is non-adversarial, family plays a big part, and it is private. The adult justice system is often seen as criminal (requiring due process), punishment, adversarial, where the family plays potentially no role, and is open to the public. Regardless of whether a case is being heard in a juvenile court or and adult court, all parties to a case are entitled to retain legal representation. Furthermore, all juveniles are considered indigent and are therefore entitled to court-appointed legal representation. All other parties, if found to be indigent, are also entitled to court-appointed legal representation. In this case, indigent means the person does not have the financial means to employ legal representation. The judge or magistrate will work with parties and assign court-appointed legal representation where appropriate.
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