Can a JRB get cases referred from the court?If the court is willing to do so, it can and has been done. If the family requests the JRB consider handling an eligible case, the JRB can request that the probation supervisor at the court consider sending the case to the JRB. They can do this a couple of different ways. They can close the case in their records with “Unique Miscellaneous Action” which is a generic term for the disposition of the case.
Another way would be to have the case handled non-judicially (most JRB eligible cases would be handled by the probation officer “non-judicially – outside of court) and the probation officer could make successful completion of the JRB a condition of the child’s non-judicial supervision. Failure at the JRB would be a violation of the supervision and could result in the matter going directly into court.
In 2012, a pilot project was started that has the courts in three selected juvenile court districts (Hartford, New Britain and Willimantic) diverting cases that it received and determined appropriate for diversion to the local JRB programs operated by AHM Youth Services, East Hartford Youth Services, New Britain Youth and Family Services, Rocky Hill Youth Services and Southington Youth Services. In exchange for handling these diverted cases, the JRBs in the pilot project have access to many programs and services that would otherwise only be available in cases handled by the court and also to flex funds if approved by the probation supervisor. If successful, the pilot may be extended to all juvenile courts.
The obvious disadvantage of having a case referred to the JRB from the court is that the child would not get the full advantage of diversion. While any record that existed in the court would be confidential and subject to erasure, the child would still have a record with the court. While not ideal, it would probably still be better in the long run to have the case diverted and heard by the JRB
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