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Juvenile Court Philosophy

Restorative Justice
The 3rd District Juvenile Court follows the Balanced and Restorative Approach, which emphasizes three equally important principles when making decisions regarding juveniles.

Probation officers make recommendations based on the Utah Juvenile Sentencing Guidelines.

  • Introduction
  • Sentencing guideline matrix
  • Aggravating and mitigating factors
  • Accountability - Youth will be held accountable to the victims and to the community for crimes committed. The Judge has many dispositional alternatives that address accountability including but not limited to fines, community service hours, restitution to victims and detention time.

    Community Protection - The community has the right to safety. If necessary to insure community safety, a Judge may remove a youth from the community.

    Competency Development - Juvenile offenders should leave the juvenile justice system more competent and capable of making pro-social decisions than when they entered. Each juvenile offender is assessed for their risk level to re-offend. For juveniles deemed to be a medium or high risk to re-offend, an individual correctional plan will be developed and tailored to their specific needs to insure the proper competency development.

    The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

    Page Last Modified: 1/4/2008
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