Juvenile delinquency cases come before the masters and judges as a result of the district Attorney's Office having filed a petition. Cases are referred to the Intake Unit within the Juvenile Probation Department. If the juvenile has been detained in the juvenile detention facility a detention hearing must be held within 72 hours. At the detention hearing the master determines whether the juvenile can be released to his/her parents or detained until the adjudication hearing. If the juvenile is adjudicated delinquent at the adjudication hearing, the case will normally be scheduled for a disposition hearing where it will be determined what type of disposition is appropriate. The Juvenile Probation Department is responsible for the juvenile until the juvenile is released from supervision.
Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, 455 West Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101-1614 • (610) 782-3000