When is it appropriate to disclose name of juvenile to victim?If a case went to court, the victim would have certain rights, including learning the identity of the juvenile who was arrested and the outcome of the case. A victim should not be deprived of these rights just because a case is diverted to the JRB.
To make it clear to the family, part of the JRB intake process should be the signing of a release that authorizes the JRB to inform the victim as to the child’s identity and the outcome of the case if the victim requests the information. If the family has a problem with such disclosure, then the JRB should not hear the case.
Such disclosure should not be made by the JRB if there is any doubt that the JRB will take the case. Sometimes a case might be continued for a period of time to allow the JRB to decide if the case is appropriate for JRB handling. In those situations, the JRB should not make any disclosures to the victim. Once the case is accepted, the disclosure can be made. If the case is not accepted and it goes to court, the victim can get the information from the court.
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