- Effective on January 1, 2017 there will be a significant change in the law impacting when a juvenile may be placed in a Juvenile Detention Center. Generally, the only juveniles that may be detained will be:
- those that pose a risk to public safety; or
- where there is a need to hold the juvenile in order to ensure the juvenile's appearance before the court, as demonstrated by the juvenile's previous failure to respond to the court process; or
- there is a need to hold the juvenile for another jurisdiction;
The fact that there is a strong probability that the juvenile will run away prior to the court hearing or disposition, a strong probability that the juvenile will commit or attempt to commit other offenses injurious to the juvenileprior to the court disposition, or probable cause to believe that the child's continued residence in the child's home pending disposition poses a risk to the juvenile because of the serious and dangerous nature of the act or acts the juvenile is alleged to have committed, will no longer be reasons to seek the detention of a juvenile.
For further information on this and other changes, see the Police Legal Update Training - 2016.
- The Judicial Branch closed the Danbury Juvenile Court on October 1, 2016. They appear to have cancelled their plans to close the Torrington Juvenile Court on or about December 1, 2016 and the Stamford Juvenile Court after the beginning of 2017. These two courts are expected to remain open.
With closing of the Danbury Juvenile Court, cases from Bethel, Danbury, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield will be handled in the Bridgeport Juvenile Court.
Cases from Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Roxbury and Sherman will be handled in the Waterbury Juvenile Court.
The interactive venue determination tool below has been updated to reflect the closing of the Danbury Juvenile Court and will continue to be updated if there are any other court closings or changes in assigned venue.
- Interactive Tools
Topics Currently Available:
This website is designed to answer questions and provide information about Connecticut's juvenile laws and procedures. It is not intended to provide legal advice. Case specific questions and requests for advice should be directed to the State's Attorney in your Judicial District or to the prosecutor assigned to your local Superior Court for Juvenile Matters.
Topics Currently Available:
- Guide for determining if a person is a child or an adult
- Determine proper juvenile court based on child's town of residence
Juvenile Law Issues
- Handling interstate juvenile matters
- Police options for handling juveniles
- Handling FWSN cases - police responsibilities and options
- Applying the new marijuana law to juveniles
- Domestic violence and juveniles
- Secure holding of children at the police station
- Placing a juvenile in a juvenile detention center - forms and procedures
- Best Practices for interviewing children - forms and procedures
- Victim's rights in juvenile cases
Juvenile Law References
- "Shortcut to understanding the impact of "raise the age" (Print on front and back of page for a trifold brochure)
- Identifies specific charges as adult or juvenile for 16 and 17 year olds
- List of Serious Juvenile Offenses (SJO)
- List of Division of Criminal Justice staff assigned to the juvenile courts
Juvenile Review Boards
- Juvenile Review Boards - what they are and how to establish one (PowerPoint slideshow version-once slideshow begins, slides will advance automatically)
- Juvenile Review Boards - what they are and how to establish one (PDF version)
- Frequently asked questions from existing Juvenile Review Boards
- Commonly Used Juvenile Review Board Forms (NOTE: the JRB Contract has been amended, see the new language in red on pages 3 and 6, and the school Discipline and Truancy Referral form has been updated!)
- Memorandum of Agreement for out of town referrals to home town JRB (Word format)
General Law Issues
- Connecticut's laws regarding minors and alcohol
- Understanding Connecticut's sexual assault statutes
- Statute of limitations for crimes including sexual assault
- Mandatory electronic recording of custodial interrogations
- Mandatory uniform policy for eyewitness identification (for general police use) - forms and procedures
- Mandatory uniform policy for eyewitness identification (for DCJ Inspectors) - forms and procedures
Police Recertification Training Modules (Modules may be slow to download depending on your connection speed. If you need a printable version, without the background, contact Fran Carino at francis.carino@CT.gov.)
- NEW! CT State Police Legal Update 2016
- NEW! Police Legal Update Training - 2016
- Fairfield County Detective Conference - 2016
- Police Legal Update Training - 2015
- POST Juvenile Law "Train The Trainer" Class - 2015 (POST Area #404) (PDF version)
- Recognizing and responding to child abuse and neglect cases (POST Area #518) (PDF version)
- Police Response to Juvenile Offenders in Domestic Violence Cases - South Central Criminal Justice Administration Chiefs - 2015
- Crisis Intervention Team Legal Issues Module - CABLE - 2015
- Juvenile Laws and Procedures (POST Area #404)
- Police Response to Juvenile Offenders in Domestic Violence Incidents-2015
- Courtroom Testimony & Demeanor - 2015
- Crimes Motivated By Hate and Bias (POST Area #524)
Civilian Presentation/Training Modules (Modules may be slow to download depending on your connection speed. If you need a printable version, without the background, contact Fran Carino at francis.carino@CT.gov.)
- NEW! Juvenile Justice 101 - Training for DCF Attorneys - 2016
- NEW! The Connecticut Juvenile Justice System & the Laws Impacting the Fire Service - 2016
- NEW! East Lyme Schools - Juvenile Law Update and Handling Truancy and Defiance of School Rules Cases - 2016
- NEW! Goodwin College & Capital Community College Juvenile Justice classes - 2016
- NEW! North Central Opioid Addiction Task Force presentation - 2016
- NEW! Juvenile Law Update - Prosecutor Training - 2016
- NEW! Connecticut Youth Services Association / Local Interagency Services Team Annual Conference - 2016
- NEW! Enfield Community Forum on Underage Drinking - 2016
- NEW! Connecticut's Juvenile Detention Laws - 2016
- NEW! BEFORE YOU TEXT! A curriculum on the topic of sexting, adapted from a Texas program and made applicable to Connecticut law, that provides information about the dangers associated with sexting along with how the Connecticut courts handle such cases. A test is available at the end to measure the student's understanding on the material. View the PowerPoint in slideshow mode to activate the links. The answer key for the test is available by clicking HERE.
- Connecticut Laws Impacting Juveniles - Rocky Hill YSB - 2015
- Connecticut Laws Impacting Juveniles - Lymes YSB - 2015
- Armed School Security Officer training - 2015
- Ansonia JRB Update Training - 2015
- Deputy Assistant State's Attorney Training - 2015
- Ethics in 2015 - Goodwin College
- Assistant Attorney General Training - 2015
- CYSA JRB Conference - 2015
- "Raise the Age" Questions & Answers - Prosecutor Training 2015 (Open as Word document)
- Connecticut's New Marijuana Laws - 2015
- Police recruit training - 2014
- Juvenile Probation Officer training - 2013
- Bullard Havens Technical High School Training 3-31-14 - Juvenile Laws/Mandated Reporters/Sexting
- Upcoming Police Training Classes (Click here to see the schedule of Attorney Carino's upcoming juvenile and related classes.)
Topics That Will Be Added Shortly:
- An informational program on bullying is also being prepared. It will discuss the definitions of "bullying" under Connecticut law as well as the mandated responses to bullying incidents.
- Many schools use the popular "Play By The Rules" program in the classrooms. This publication covers many topics related to the Connecticut justice system and discusses them in an easy to read, vividly illustrated manner. The second edition of the publication came out a few years ago and some laws have changed since then. Since the funds needed to publish a third edition are not available, a supplement will be prepared outlining the changes that have taken place since the last edition was published.
- The link to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee's "Children, Youth and the Police Recommended Policies and Procedures" model policy for handling juveniles has been activated! Click on the "Other Links" tab at the top of the page.
- Please submit other suggestions for topics you would like to see added. Submit suggestions through the "Contact Us" link.