Delinquency Court Proceedings in Pennsylvania

Juvenile Law Center,

This fact sheet answers questions like:

  • How is my juvenile case started?
  • Can the court process be avoided?
  • After the delinquency petition is filed with the court, is there any way to have the court process suspended?
  • What is an adjudicatory hearing?
  • What is a disposition hearing?
  • How long can a juvenile’s court disposition last?
  • Can I appeal a court’s decision?